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Sunday, May 22, 2011

I Love Laurel Burch and Cats!







My first experience with Laurel Burch was not her artwork, believe it or not. Years ago, the late 1970's or early 1980's, Laurel Burch bought an incredible Carmel Valley home from my "Godfather",(he was Italian.........). Then, my sister bought me a pair of earrings around that same time. Many years later, I was regularly buying items with her imprints when I discovered her fabrics-Wow! I bought a yard of each new one that came onto the market and before long, had beautiful hanging banners all over the artroom whenever I taught a Laurel Burch lesson. The idea for the projects pictured here came from Kathy Barbro over at Art Projects for Kids. I as well as my students just love 3-D projects!

10 comments:

Fine Lines said...

What a great story!! I love the 3-D version of her cats. I will have to remember this for next year. Thanks.

Pat said...

Thanks Christie! We had a lot of fun making the cats.

jeanne wolf said...

Laurel Burch is one of my heroes. Her early life was filled with just awful experiences. I love her book as it tells of her life and struggles and how she managed to stay strong. In the end as we all know she had a sad death. Her contributions will live forever.
Jeanne wolf

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

I love the 3-Dimensional Laurel Burch's cats!
The colors and lines are fantastic.

Pat said...

Thanks, Chesterbrook Academy! I failed to mention that I made oaktag templates for the cats. After they were decorated on 80# white sulphite, I had the kids glue them on to a contrasting piece of cons. paper and let them dry. They cut them out again and then slid the two cats together. I hope your kids enjoy this as much as we did!

Pat said...

Jeanne,

I know exactly how you feel. The world lost a creative genious as well as a beautiful, courageous soul when Laurel passed.

Mr. R said...

hey... pat.. your blog is coming along... I love the cats. might have to steal that one.. for next year..

as you can see i dont do spelling at all.. i just type..

and all of my stuff have what grade lvl i do it with. If i dont put it in the title... i know for sure it is in the lable which come at the bottom of each post.

and the more info thing.. i post pictures when i have time.. and then i always tell myself that i will come back and type more info.. but i never make it back...

any who... keep up the work.. love to see more..
over and out
Mr. R.
http://mymessyartroom.blogspot.com/

Pat said...

Thanks for the nice comments, Mr. R. And thanks for the explo on your posts. I will have to look more closely at them to find the grade levels and I look forward to following your blog. My spelling obsession started when I won the 6th grade spelling bee in the town I grew up in so please forgive me! Ha!

Mr. R said...

well i just want you to know that i went back and put the grade lvl on all my post... i think.... i hope... anywho... not a problem with the spelling...
I just dont do it.. or grammer..

Phyl said...

Pat, I know this is an old post but I've been searching Laurel Burch today for some resources for a project and you came up in the search. I was planning my annual large 5th grade papier-mache, and thought about dragons but decided they'd be challenging to make the way I envisioned them, so I thought I'd return to one of my favorites, fat cats. And then it hit me - papier-mache Laurel Burch style cats (and dogs, for the kids who aren't cat lovers). Keep your eyes posted, they'll happen this winter for sure!

Meanwhile - loved the spelling exchange w/Mr. R. - I'm a spelling/grammar nut too but I think Mr. R is adorable in his style of stream-of-conscious typing.