American Gothic-eee

LOVE this lesson!!! ❤

Karen Tashkovski

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This lesson is inspired by Grant Wood’s American Gothic.

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Students had to conceive an idea for the composition.  I had planned to have them draw thumbnail sketches, as well as lists of what props they would need – but after showing my  accelerated Studio in Art kids the ones done by my students in 2012 and 2013 via my school web-site, they just knew what they were going to do.  It was the craziest thing and really phenomenal the way they all collaborated with one another.

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Each student planned the day for their picture – we had two weeks before Christmas break and it was a tight schedule for the twelve of them.  They all brought their costumes, props and their A games with them, lol!

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I just loved how they were able to count on each other and how responsible everyone was for their respective part in both…

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Let It Go

The person I am becoming worries less to never and struggles far less with outside influences, and I can safely say is 10,000 x infinity happier – this post though from my former self; it is still relevant in that I can see growth and see potential, once again, as inspiration from the person I was and the person I will be.

Karen Tashkovski

We’ve had unusually mild weather here and that’s been great!  I got the green Christmas I asked Santa for and yet I’ve been kind of Frozen lately.

I finally saw it – a student let me borrow the video and I can completely understand its broad appeal.  Boys and girls seem to like the message equally.  I’m thinking just about everyone can in some way identify with Elsa.

We all have something that makes us feel both powerful and powerless depending on the way we handle outside influences.  The song Let it Go is about the freedom of being okay with whatever that thing is.  Elsa runs away and when she’s alone, she creates an amazing environment and in that moment, she feels extremely happy in isolation because no one is there to criticize her or make her feel like she is wrong, and she’s just not afraid anymore.  She…

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Front & Center

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My recent outfits of the day are heavy on the Theory cashmere sweaters and leather skirts, and jeans by French Connection, Free People and Joe’s Jeans.  My newest acquisition, the Rag & Bone wine-colored patent booties, will be in heaviest rotation in 2020 until I get them in multiple colors (no doubt).  They are fashion perfection in a decorative sense and also function – they’re spot on for walking around in Syracuse, New York in winter.

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Tashkovski bracelets, Theory cashmere cardigan and sweater, Rebecca Taylor silk velvet pants, Marc Jacobs booties
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Lord & Taylor cashmere cardigan, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs booties
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Tashkovski bracelet, Trina Turk stretch silk top, French Connection leather skirt, Marc Jacobs booties

In about eight hours, I will be getting up early for the last time this year.  After tomorrow,  we will be on a two-week hiatus from school.  I will spend time assessing my bracelet project.  Sales went well at the Sip & Sparkle at The Chop House.  Another event is planned for late January.  I’m contemplating on-line sales too.  Not sure what to do quite yet – I’m waiting for inspiration to guide me.

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Theory cashmere cardigan and sweater, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Tashkovski bracelet, Theory cashmere cardigan, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Nine West booties
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Theory cashmere cardigan, Bailey 44 silk top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Nine West booties

I’ve had so many wonderful things happen to me this year despite it also being one of the most tragic years of my life with the loss of my dad.  It is like a jumble of confusion and clarity.  The last few days have been sort of massively cloudy, kind of like when you ask the Magic Eight Ball a question and you get the murky liquid instead of words spelled out on a triangle.

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Honora jewelry, C by Bloomingdales cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria leather skirt, Nine West boots
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Free People leather skirt, Nine West boots

I don’t know what’s next, but If 2020 isn’t the year of clarity then that will be the biggest joke of life.  It kind of has to be, right?

Thank you for your support this year and always – of me, my art career and the bracelet thing, and for being one of many international readers of this blog.  I renewed the website.  I am actually on my way to making my first $100 with the monetization of the site – it is very exciting, so, thank you for that too.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, dress and pants, Rag & Bone booties
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Free People cardigan, Theory cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria velvet leggings, Rag & Bone booties

I am grateful for you. ❤

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Rebecca Taylor top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Rag & Bone booties
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Theory sweater, Trina Turk skirt, Karl Lagerfeld boots
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Tashkovski bracelet, Rebecca Taylor silk velvet dress, Sorel booties

Norma

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The Tashkovski Collection is officially launching on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm at The Chop House on Waring  (200 Waring Road, Syracuse, New York 13224 – (315) 445-1976). The event is called Sip & Sparkle and will include twelve local vendors. They will also have a Wild Turkey bourbon tasting and some appetizers.  It is going to be a lot of fun!

I had a poster made and some postcards.  The bracelets are photographed, catalogued and tagged.  I have a Square reader to process debit/charges.  I am ready to be ready (which means ready, I think).

Here are the latest pieces.  These leather bracelets feature vintage pins manufactured in Estonia circa the 1970s by a tin toy company called NORMA.  I scoured the world looking for them.  I’m in love with them!  The are handmade, one-of-a-kinders.  I know you will fall in love with them too. ❤

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Cindy Lewis is exhibiting abstract acrylic paintings in the art gallery at the Community Library of Dewiit and Jamesville.  The paintings will be on display through December 2019 with an artist meet and greet scheduled for December 1, 2019 from 2 – 4 PM.

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The artist uses instinct to cultivate her paintings, which are color driven.

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The Rakuten Way

 

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I have been manifesting money in the mail.  The first time it happened – OMG, it was totally unexpected.  I stumbled upon this site called Rakuten.  They know you, know what you like, know where you are on-line shopping.  Through emails you click their links to get to things you planned on buying with or without them, things you feel comfortable paying the price offered – and then they give you cash back.  Win-win!

https://www.rakuten.com/r/KTASHK2?eeid=28187

Check it out!  Use the link above and get started.  This site encompasses all shop sites – Amazon, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and many more.  All types of merchandise, not just fashion.

It is amazing! ❤

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Tashkovski bracelet, J.Crew T-shirt, Rag & Bone patent leather skirt, Hue tights, Marc Jacobs booties
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Tashkovski bracelet, BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Sorel boots
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Tashkovski bracelet, Banana Republic top, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots
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Theory cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria belt and leggings, Ralph Lauren boots
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Tashkovski bracelets, Theory cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria silk velvet pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Tashkovski bracelet, Theory sweater, Rebecca Taylor dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Free People cardigan, Rebecca Taylor silk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Joie sandals

 

Journey

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This year there are fifteen 8th graders in my Studio in Art accelerated high school course at Chittenango Middle School.  They finished the Lions Club Peace Poster project just in time for the end of the first marking period and for the judging last Wednesday.  This is an international competition where the big winner gets $5,000.  At the local level, the Chittenango Lions awarded monetary prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

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This year’s theme is Journey of Peace.

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Posters will be on display in the guidance office where we have recently created a little gallery space.  They will be moved to the Sullivan Library’s Community Room for the month of December 2019.

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Today our winning poster competes for the regional title.  If it wins, it continues its journey at the state level then internationally.

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The Lions Club is providing us with a luncheon on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in our classroom.  I am so incredibly blessed to have these wonderful people in my life.  They are so supportive of my program and each year for the past thirteen years they have turned three of my students into professional artists.  That’s a lot of pros!  Win-win! ❤

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