Seasons of Love with IHSD

Original post was featured on IHSD’s blog.


My first season with IHSD started in the fall of 2008 in a coastal town with a one classroom preschool site next to a pumpkin patch. After two years of teaching, I continued to stay engaged with IHSD as a volunteer, an advocate, a member of the growth committee, and most recently a staff member. My seasons with IHSD have been nothing short of mission-driven with the growing belief that all children should have access to quality early childhood education.

As a staff member, I recently had an opportunity to be back in the classroom and lead an art project. Ahead of the 35th-anniversary event and IHSD’s inaugural fundraiser, I was inspired by my seasons with IHSD to lead a painting project for the live auction.

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Seasons of Love with IHSD

The Golden Doodle (Painting)

There’s a big white space above our living room bar cabinet that we’ve been wanting to fill for a while now. My intention was to paint something, but nothing came to mind.

Then sometime in May, we picked up our newest member of our family, Pork Chop! He’s a straight and shaggy coat Goldendoodle, and he took up much of the living room space by the bar cabinet and became my creative muse!

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The Golden Doodle (Painting)

Exploring Patterns

After crafting a lot of cute green rhinos, I wanted to explore more a sophisticated design with patterns and doodles. Of course, I had to start the evolving process with bright colors and crayons. :)


A Zentangle is an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns according to the trademarked Zentangle Method. – How to Make a Zentangle

Unlike doodling, I found that drawing patterns is very intentional and more challenging than I had first thought. The possibilities of lines and shapes were endless. I couldn’t even come up with 10 distinct patterns in one sitting. I also found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest.

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Exploring Patterns

Inspired by Dr. Seuss

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.

Black fish, blue fish, old fish, new fish.

This one has a little star. This one has a little car.

Say! What a lot of fish there are.

– Dr. Seuss


I also painted some green eggs and ham the day after!


Come to think of it, this makes it my 3rd Dr. Seuss inspired painting after designing the Lorax Bunch!

Both Dr. Seuss recreations were appreciation gifts that were given in lieu of thanksgiving season.

Inspired by Dr. Seuss

CAIS mission as art!

After completing the first summer session with culturally inspired season paintings, I admit I had to think on my feet to determine what our second session project was going to be. (My mistake was assuming I was going to teach season paintings every week for both sessions, but it turns out a majority of first session students were going to return for second session too. Wouldn’t want these repeat kids to do the same project again!)

With an estimate of four canvases per every child in both sessions for materials, I had to think of another way to utilize my resources without creating a new project with new materials. It then occurred to me that our CAIS mission was comprised of 3 phrases made up of four Chinese characters each! Continue reading “CAIS mission as art!”

CAIS mission as art!