March 27, 2015

Mixed Media art project on wood!

All you need for this one is a piece of scrap wood, tissue paper or scrapbook paper, modpodge, and a few maybe a few embellishments if you'd like.

Kids Kandinsky! DIY art project

I love sharing ideas with parents on art projects you can do at home that are really meaningful or that teach a new skill or about a famous artist. This is a fun project we did in the studio. We were studying about Kandinsky as well as the color wheel, color mixing, and color theory. To make this super fun for the kids grab some wood or canvas and start painting! Adding puff paint at the end is super fun too! Check it out!

February 28, 2015

Thinking out loud here

I may have mentioned a time or two on this blog how much I love my job. I am so incredibly thankful for it. I am able to literally pour into hundreds of peoples lives each month. This month we have taught over 700 kids and adults. And while I am so super thankful. I still continue to ask God, whats next. What do you want from me? How can I be a better steward of what you've given me with this business?

I can be more intentional with everyone I come in contact with. I can be sure to always offer a smile, an encouraging word, and some inspiration.

I can give lots of hugs and build kids confidence and self esteem. I can teach them to make decisions and that's its ok to make mistakes. 
There are so many life lessons taught within art. And as much as I truly truly love every thing about this job. I still feel that P'zazz isn't reaching everybody we are suppose to reach. After all, the only people who paint with us are people who can afford it. We are a business and we require money to operate. But what about the sweet kids that are in our AMP ministry ( I will have to do a whole other post on that... basically its a ministry that works with low income children and shows them the love of Christ and that he has a  plan for them and that he  LOVES them! And so do we!). So what about them? What about all the other children who truly desire and need to get their hands messy and create but simply can't afford it. Yes, I bring the AMP kids to our studio twice a year to do a fun free activity. But they really could benefit from more. So how do we make this work. How do I incorporate really making a difference in lower income families with this studio??     

And then Lawrence called. Lawrence is one of our AMP kiddos. I mentioned to them that if they ever need help on a project to give me a call. Our studio has tons of supplies that they can come use. I didn't give this much thought honestly. I just heard them talking about school and threw that option out there. 

So I got a call from Lawrence on Tuesday that he and a project due on Thursday and he wanted to know if I could help. He couldn't remember exactly what he was suppose to do so I gave his teacher a call to find out what he project was and set up a time for him to come to the studio the next day. 

Y'all, this little man made my heart so happy. This was a very simple project. " Draw a planet and write three facts about it". But for a family that doesn't have a computer to look up the facts, doesn't have supplies like poster, paint, brushes, etc, it can be difficult. I love that he took the initiative to give me a call. It only took us about 30 minutes to complete this simple project but to see the smile on his face and to hear him say " I think my class is going to love this" with that big ole grin.. well it just filled me up. I could see that he was taking pride in his work. He took a little extra effort to ask for help and the result was something he was so proud of. He was thanking everybody. He gave his mom and big ole hug for bringing him to the studio and then he started thank Kloe ( my daughter who goes to school with him.. who had nothing to do with this project.. but he was just so happy he was thanking everybody! ) Oh, it made me laugh. 

And it made me think.. what if we started doing this on a more regular basis. What if all these kids from our AMP ministry knew they could come to the studio to get help on projects. What if we got other people involved ( I can't do it all myself ). And people from the community could help invest in these kids lives too. It takes just a small time commitment but the pride the kids  experience from completing a job and doing their best is something they will carry with them. To know somebody cares about them and cares that they are doing their best.

Just thinking out loud here. I think it could be cool. We will see where it goes from here. 
For now I just thank God for answering my prayer that I prayer everyday " Use me God". 
I encourage any and everybody to borrow that prayer for yourself. It's amazing the opportunities that open up when you ask that simple phrase.

February 9, 2015

Extra Special Valentines Project

Here is one of my favorite projects to do around this time of year! I hope you love it as much as I do!

January 11, 2015

Why I do what I do

This moment in these pictures right here... this is what I love! This is why I do what I do. This is the culmination of all the things I love about my job. This is my anchor moment that embodies everything I want to do. 

This was our annual bowl breaking party for "Rice Bowls". All of my students from my after school classes take a bowl and work all month to think of creative ways to fill it. They know that if they can fill the bowl all the way up then it will feed a orphaned child for about a month. 
 We all came together and grabbed some hammers, smashed the bowls, and at the end of the night counted over $1200 in change. It was so thrilling to see the excitement in the kids eyes as they realized they could serve others and make real change in this world.. even though they are just kids!

To see kids and parents feel the joy that comes from giving to others.... wow that's fun! If I can help teach kids early in life that it is truly more blessed to give than to receive..then I think I will have given them a powerful truth to take with them for life.
 And that's what we are about at P'zazz.. not just creating awesome art but also helping mold awesome kids. At P'zazz we teach so many life lessons within our time of creating every afternoon. I want to pour truth into these kids. So this night, this is my anchor moment. In this moment I was over the moon thankful for God allowing me to have a studio that could bring together so many kids and parents, that I could inspire others to give more and to serve others, that I can use art to also teach truth. and that we have so many little world changers right here in our small town.

 I am thankful and overwhelmed at God's goodness. To date, our studio has been able to provide over 25,000 meals to kids around the world through our partner "Rice Bowls".

It is my dream to one day be able to completely provide the food budget for an orphanage. I can only imagine the moment that I walk into a orphanage full of sweet kids and know that this little studio called P'zazz helped feed them for a year! Kids helping kids. I honestly have no doubt that that will happen. Not sure when or how soon but it will happen.

 Thank you God for keeping your hand on P'zazz. Thank you for using us in ways we could never have imagined. Thank you for multiplying our gifts for your glory!

November 9, 2014

What's happening at the studio

Here are a few quick pics of what's been going on at the studio. I feel like so much happens so fast that I rarely sit down to reflect on how blessed I am to have a job where I can pour into kids, meet new adults, and just chat about life while we paint. 
Here are a few highlights from the last week...
Our homeschool class and their pastels!

Birthday parties galore! 

Adult parties ..painting on windows!

More adult parties on canvas.

And getting ready with new designs for the upcoming holiday season!

September 8, 2014

Thanks Jaycob Curlee!

We recently hosted a paint night where Jaycob Curlee from "America's Got Talent" came and played for us before heading off to the semifinals. It was such a fun night and we were able to raise $1200 to give back to his family for spending money while in New York. Since that night I have been on a little guitar kick.. Take a peek!

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