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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Almost done costuming another show

The Complete Works of Shakespeare ...  Abridged!  I made 2 and altered the rest.  A guy is playing the women's parts!

Gertrude (made with no pattern)

Lavina (also made with no pattern)



 I am still working on the nurse costume... and kilts for Macbeth!  So if you are wondering why I haven't produced any art work in a while... here's why.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"I just thought maybe I could do a better job myself"

This was the exact thought I had when I decided to homeschool my kids...and the sentiment is growing, especially among African Americans.
Black families have become one of the fastest-growing demographics in homeschooling, with black students making up an estimated 10 percent of the homeschooling population. (For comparison’s sake, they make up 16 percent of all public-school students nationwide, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.) And while white homeschooling families traditionally cite religious or moral disagreements with public schools in their decision to pull them out of traditional classroom settings, studies indicate black families are more likely to cite the culture of low expectations for African American students or dissatisfaction with how their children—especially boys—are treated in schools.  read more

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Homeschooling your kids can lead to post homeschooling passions.

I went right from making costumes for the Dorothy /Alice show to making costumes for a Shakespearian show.  I am very happy about that. Next to murals, (or set painting, which I have to get in better shape to do) this is my favorite form of art, I think.

Right now I am exploring period proper clothing, modern relaxed clothing that is an homage to the Elizabethan era, i.e. the time of Shakespeare.  I am also exploring outfits that take a humorous twist on clothing of the time period.  The mashup will be interesting.

Interestingly enough, I would have never become interested and involved in costuming, were it not for homeschooling.  Following my daughter's interests led me to making costumes for her drama club which I absolutely love. This led to her becoming more interested in costuming as well, and seeing it as a possible side job to her acting aspirations.  She has implored me to keep it up, as she sees it as something we can do together when she is done with her education.

That makes me very happy.