Friday, November 09, 2007

41 comments:

kelly said...

Suzi as always love the video,it's one of the highlights of my week. And the fairy jar is perfect. Everyone needs a little fairy magic in a jar.
I'm like you about the kids, animals I'm around all the time but kids not so much. I do however think that the lesson was a well thought out idea even for the little ones.
You my sweet Suziblu, are an excellent teacher for children of all ages.
Have a Happy Day!!!
Kelly/NC

Fiona said...

I think your teacher was underestimating 4 year olds! Not everything needs a song! I wonder what the captured fairy would sing? Great video - loved the jar and the shoes from the lovely Nita.

red tin heart said...

suzi, i love it that you explained in pictures about how Indians don't dress like that now and how they are different today. my mom is 1/2 Cherokee. i loved the fairy jar so much. fabulous job on teaching how to make it. i am so happy you loved the shoes. they just looked like you... the journal idea, great. i will start doing the same thing. because right now my stories and pictures are a little scattered and i need to gather them. suzi you would be so fun to be around. you have a marvelous day dear one. xoxo nita <3

eM said...

'you may not know ka~rate,
but you do know ka~razy!'

..said the delicate,pink nosed cat
to the impishly beautiful
faerie princess..
enchanting.

Cindy said...

Love the video, as usual. And the shoes from the generous Nita. They rock, totally! And your lovely rainstick. It had me giggling, to see how you'd decorated it. I bet it was the prettiest one in the class, wasn't it?!

gina said...

suzi as you know you are loved for who you are and for your art how about fairy puppets made of farics and ribbonspuppets in ajar i amalways lookinf for recycled art projects thia is perfect for the holidays how about a snowman with white glitter and little cotton balls for snowballs fairys are so cool for artists to draw im going to try it 3d journaling you are a genious love gina

Nina said...

You are overflowing jarfuls of fun, Suzi -- thanks for making me smile today:-)

Where did you get that journal and what size is it? Looks like one I'd like. Although I'm in love w the surface texture of moleskins paper, I need BIG.

I called them to request bigger and they said "this is the way they've always been made and this is how they will continue to be made" LOL!!!

iHanna said...

I'm going out picking moss in the forest tomorrow! And hmm.. after seeing this I kind of think it is a good thing you didn't have a song for the children? hehe! ;-)

have a good weekend suzi!

suzi blu said...

Nina,
I bought it at AC MOORE and it is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Its brand name is PRO ART - artist tools & supplies.
It looks like any old regular black bound journal BUT each page,even pages in the center and back, LAY FLAT. and and and it was a few dollars cheaper than the other black bound journals.

I cannot seem to find a link online to it anywhere though : (

It doesnt say Acid Free but the minute you touch paper with your hand it is no longer acid free either so all of that is a joke.

kizam said...

WOW! Molly and Rosie are singing indian songs to the fairy's down in the forest this morning!!!! They are singing to you too Suzi Blu! Can you hear them? Hee Haw! We love you and your wonderful energy is really inspiring. I think everyone should get a little magic in a jar this year for the holidays. Have a great Friday love! Thank you for being. and the video was superb....and was too short. Never enough Suziblu! love ya karen

changapeluda said...

So @ DewBuggery there's a 4yr old
(one of our own biologicalz, Danielle's middle son)
I was washing all these little hands, 2 sets at at time and the 4yr old is Last.
he says to me with his red white and blue big honkin terry cloth headband w/the green (matching ;0]
hawaiin shirt he says,
"I'm ALWAYS last. I want to be first. I NEVER get to be first."

I bet you would know EXACTLY what to say to him. Schooling Schmooling.

changapeluda said...

also too,
:0)
are you SURE that was ten minutes?
it seems like it was a verrry short ten minutes...
time FLIES & all that jazz
:0]

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Thanks so much for teaching us how to make a Fairy Jar. I think it would be the perfect gift for one of my nieces who loves Fairies.
I have a sil who is a preshcool montessori teacher. I loved your lesson. Love the gift of the Blue Sparkle Shoes! Here's a little song for you to sing to the tune of Somewhere over the Rainbow.
Somewhere inside the Rainbow, of Your Life, Dreams that You Dream of will come true, if you believe, believe in You, So tap your blue sparkles heels three times together, and let the Dreams in your Heart Come True....There is no limit to where they will take you, Suzi Blu.
Thanks for the lesson and the smiles. Have a BLessed Week!

Judy Wise said...

Brilliant, Ms. Blu. The applause is deafening over here. I'm going right into my studio now and pick up all the little snippets of sketches and start glueing them in my journal. That is the coolest! Thank you for your star quality. Bravo!

Theresa said...

Miss Suzi you have outdone yourself with these fairy jars!! I must make one for my daughter for Christmas!! She will LOVE it!! You are SO RIGHT about that lame Indian song...WTF?! Like we really need to reinforce a sterotype! 4 year olds are more mature than a lot of people think. You are going to make a fantastic teacher. Keep doin' your thang honey!! We love you!!

suze said...

Suzi, Loved the video today. And Harley is sending you a big "MEOW" for putting him in with Pooh's friends.
Have a great weekend.
suze :)
& Harley =^^=

Linda said...

Fun video and your kids are going to love you.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

That was suppose to be, So Tap your Blue Sparkled Heel's three times together. Not Sparkles.

the heartful blogger said...

I have a couple of friends who work with preschoolers, and it always helps to give them something simple to do cos they won't sit and listen for too long, but it doesn't always need to be a song!

Jakey says thank you very much for making him famous! Now maybe he has a chance at making this girl cat he has a crush on notice him.

Vangie said...

I loved, loved,loved the fairie jars I am a 29 y/o mother of 4 yes 4 boys (9, 7, 5 and 1 y/o)and they believe in faeries too, just like me. they love to wake up some mornings with a little faerie dust on their cheeks. WE LOVE FARIE KISSES!!! Can't wait to make some jars THANKS.

Dave said...

I've got something like a fairy jar a long those lines. I also have a rain stick too. You are so wonderful and beautiful! You make my day! Good luck with getting your teaching certificate! If I had kids I would want you to definitely teach them!

Julie said...

If you teach four year olds like you teach us, you will be a great teacher.

I think going "woo woo" in a song about Indians a little politically incorrect and better not to start kids off on the wrong foot. Maybe next time you can tell them how they saved the English settlers from starvation. But, you know, with a SONG!

I love your fairy jar. You make everything look so easy. It looks like it's going to be messy and then it's perfect! I have to figure out how to do that.

Can't wait to read your fairy tale.

Kate said...

Suzi,

Such an awesome video. I love the fairy jar and the rain stick and your journal drawings are awesome. You always keep me inspired.

Kate

Anonymous said...

Suzi, your faritail book will turn out great, I know!
About your lesson: I once hired an ethnologist for my class (3rd grade) to teach them about indiens. She had this huge sonorous sounding handmade indian drum and played some very easy rythms on it. The kids loved it and they all liked to play it themself. They learned an indian song called "hey witchitai to". Very easy to sing! Than the ethnologist taught them about how indians don't take nature for granted and that they apollogise to mother earth when they have to pick herbs for example. We went outside and she explained different herbs we fond and how the indians used it as medicine. These things you can also do with younger kids. heartfull blogger is right: you need to give them something to do. Children don't sit and listen to each other for very long. You should really really go to a kindergarden and ask to try out your ideas. That will help you a lot!
Silke

Angela said...

Dearest beautiful ethereal Goddess Suzi Blu! I adore your art and your vids/blog. The sparkling energy you exude in your vids makes my heart sing and always brings a smile to my face. For some reason i can't get flash player working on my computer, so i can only watch the you tube vids, but its better than nothing!
Keep up the good work chick!
Oh and p.s- just between You, me and everyone else that reads the comments, i am so TOTALLY in love with you.. yes i do have a tiny little crush on you girl... ;-)

Anonymous said...

love ur videos as usual! i have to say, some indians/native americans do sing and shout just as they did in the olden days. i don't think there's anything wrong with that--in fact it's a part of the heritage and something to be proud of. have you been to a pow wow? it's phenomenal!

suzi blu said...

See my point is tho that even though Indians today may do pow wows and all of that, which I went to one, very cool, we cannot assume all indians do. And the only time we talk about native americans to children is when we associate them with all of the cleche's. Its like just because im Italian I must know someone in the mob. Or oh thats an Irish person they must drink a lot. Pride in heritage is one thing, assuming characteristics about people who are now just americans like the rest of us, its insulting. I think. Oh shes italian she must love spaghetti. Im certain there are those of Indian descent who do not worship rocks or smudge themselves with sage. Thats all.

Danita said...

Hi Suzie!
I love this longer video!!! You crack me up with your song!!!... and I love the new journal. It will be great when finished I bet!

Anonymous said...

I think the best way to teach children to view people is as individuals rather than as a group, and more importantly, not to make assumptions. It is also an assumption to think that Native American Indians want to be thought of as americans just like the rest of us. Perhaps some of do not. What does it mean to be American anyway? It's a thorny subject.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Silke that getting experience in a kindergarden would be an excellent thing to do. Do you get to do placements as part of your course?

Dana

suzi blu said...

I get placed in an internship next week as soon as my immunizations are done. I think tho that I would be happiest teaching art to people with dissabilities rather than little children. Just better for my personality. Of course what I want most is to MAKE BOOKS and VIDEOS so hopefully that will work out for me : )

More about Native Americans. To me it means nothing to be 'American' like it means nothing to be Italian or blonde or from Georgia. We are all individuals with varying DNA and life experiences. Nationalism - feeling that where you are from reflects who you are - can only be seen from a cultural standpoint. When you know a persons culture it is easy to want to assume things about them. Sometimes they are true. Sometimes they are not. Culture doEs influence behavior whether we like it to or not.

But anyway... Native Americans. African Americans. Italian Americans. We are people of different ethnicities yes, but we are just people born on this continent in this era, thats all! Why must we seperate from each other? The question was raised as to why some native americans do not want to be seen as americans. Hey man, I think I see myself as french but I wasnt born in france nor do I live there now. so I am american because it is my address. That is all. No difference. (I picked france because of the bohemian late 1800's an era for which I know I belong).

How many other civilizations were taken over by other peoples? Many. and does this mean the conqured had to assimilate? No, but. How is the reservation deal working out? From what I understand from people who have worked as teachers on them - its not a good scene. There is not much upward mobility on the reservations - people can be educated but there is nowhere to go within their system. No money. No jobs. Alcoholism is rampid. They are not living off the land in bliss. Some open casinos right? Over here on the east thats what native americans do.

And all of this aside what I was bringing up was the fact that little children are being introduced to new ideas with the thanksgiving lesson, ideas that apply to a whole group of people that they may not come into contact with. We do not teach that european caucasions act and dress like Pilgrims because there are no pilgrims around today. But since there are Native Americans I think it is our responsibility to teach that while some of Indian descent practice the traditional culture, others do not. We dont do that. We reduce an entire culture of people to charicatures. If we did that with other ethnic groups I believe people would take offense, no? If we said all of Chinese decent ate rice - that is highly offensive. To me this is just the same is saying all Native Americans want to live off the land.

the heartful blogger said...

Wow! Things got a little hot overnight. Just wanted to say for what it's worth that because I am Thai and look oriental, I always have assumptions made about me, about where I'm from, how I speak, what foods I will like, etc etc. So anything that breaks those stereotypes down is good! Anyway, I think you'll find that kids are a lot more open minded than most adults! I saw the most fantastic documentary this week, that followed 7 Israeli & Palestinian Children over several years. All of them had some preconceived idea (picked up from their environment) of what the "other side" would be like. So Israeli kids were wary of Palestinians and vice versa. But the filmmaker got some of them to meet, and just by spending a few hours playing together as kids, their prejudices disappeared and they ended up wondering why it was that people aren't capable of sharing a country together. It was terribly moving. It was a film called "Promises". Anyway Sue, I bet those kids are gonna love ya!!

kizam said...

My grandson who just started high school showed me a picture of a group of his friends and one of them was of asian decent and i asked what nationality he was and my grandson got very testy and said 'grandma...he's american!'...i tried to explain i just was curious and he got madder and madder and said 'what does it matter where he is from? he's american.' in some ways that is great and in other ways whole generations of culture are gone....america...it's like white bread. i was italian but over the years with all the elders passed on it's like it doesn't matter. does it matter? does our ethnic background mean anything? it's cold here this morning. and all these ideas just fuel the fires of our art. i am art. that's my nationality.
Suzi you will be a great teacher....inspiration..just juicy inspiration...

Skye xx said...

I am just loving the fairy jars so much - the only problem would be that I would want to liberate the fairies and let them be *free*! Your vids always bring a smile to my face though x

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Silke said...

I agree with kizma. In the last decades peope got very sensitive on nationalities so that you are already afraid to ask for anyones background. That is going in a wrong direction. Then soon there won't be any culture left. But the different cultures, the different traditions are something very precious that needs to be taken care of.

Stellan said...

:)

debra harvey said...

we do not celebrate thanksgiving here and so do not the full history and background but I do have a five year old and a three year old and they would have loved your pictures, but kids so love secret tent building so maybe throwing in a teepee building or drawing a teepee and colouring it in or giving each child a special animal protector and then they could draw that... just some ideas... i love the idea of your fairy jar, 4 year olds love that stuff :), hey you were four too you just need to think more with your princess crown on :)

Brahdelt said...

Just please make sure you open the jar from time to time to let the fairy fly around, fairies shouldn't be kept in jars... that's my point of view, anyway. ^^

Renee said...

I absolutely love this project!!! But I'm scared to try something like that... I just don't have that much confidence in my artistic abilities I suppose. Maybe someday I will try it. I hope.

Lynne said...

I have just finished my house collage - a little late but that is how it is at the moment. You can see it on my blog if you like. I am hoping to start my farity jar tonight although i really should be studying.