Holiday Mini Sessions are Here Again!

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Family Christmas Card Photos

It’s that time of year again!  Time to think about your annual family photos.  Whether you’ll be sending out holiday cards, or updating your halls and mantle, ’tis the season!  There is no better way to fit family photos into the hustle and bustle of the busy holidays that a mini session.

This year Minis are on Saturday November 12th at a park in South Chandler, 2pm-5pm.

Sessions are going fast.  Contact me to book yours! Call or text (480) 252) 0556,

Or, reserve your session below with your name and requested session, and pay your session fee.  I will be in touch to discuss your session details! [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]


What is a mini session?
A mini session is a shorter version of a custom session with discounted prices.  In the case of these Autumn sessions, it is a time for families to get some great shots to use on holiday cards.
How is it different from a custom session?
Unlike a custom session, the location is selected by Britain, the shooting time is much shorter, and shoot yields approximately 15-20 photos rather than the 30-40 usually in a custom session gallery.
Who can be photographed during mini sessions?
Mini sessions are open to adults, children, and even pets!  As long as fido can sit and stay for the camera in 15 minutes 🙂
Can we do multiple groupings during our mini session?
We typically do more than one pose per session,but the sessions are too short to enable more than one grouping.  For example, in the case of a family of 5, you will get a few great poses of everyone together, and I usually fire off a few quick shots of each child.  In a custom session we would get all the kids in multiple poses, mom and dad alone, each child with each parent, all the girls, all the boys, throw in the grandparents even, we may travel to a second location, make a wardrobe change, etc.
If you have a variety of family combinations, we would be happy to schedule a custom session for you.
When are mini sessions offered?
Mini sessions are offered throughout the year in Arizona, and usually 2 times a year (Spring/Fall) in Southern California.
How long is a mini session?
The photography session is scheduled for 15 minutes.
When do I place my order?
Your online gallery will be emailed to you in one week . One week!  And you’ll have the perfect family portrait ready to download, print, and share!
What is the session fee?
The $250 session fee reserves your date and time, and includes up to 15 hi-resolution digital images, with a limited copyright release.
What if we miss our scheduled time?
We understand that sometimes the unexpected happens and you miss your appointment.  We ask that you please contact us as soon as possible and we will try to reschedule.


Easy Cave Art Lesson for Kids Featuring Lascaux, France

I am really loving marrying our travel adventures with Art Camp.  Since this year we took the kids on a Southwest adventure featuring Native American petroglyphs.  BUT, since Jason and I are headed to France this summer, I was dying to teach Lascaux Caves, even though the adventure hasn’t happened yet.

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The Lascaux Caves are incredible, and prime for catching the imaginations of children.  What kid wouldn’t be enchanted with the story of a prehistoric cave discovered by 4 boys, and a dog named Robot!

This lesson is perfect for kids of all ages.  my Art Camp is ages 6-11, and everyone was engaged and learning.  I love to start all of our art lessons with a story, or two.  I use the Amazon Cloud Reader to project the books on a big screen.  The art history part of the lesson lasts about 45 minutes.

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After fully immersing ourselves into the magic of Lascaux, we used our sketchbooks to plan our own cave painting.  We took about 45 minutes to practice line drawing, and brainstorm about our designs.  What did the prehistoric painters choose to paint? Why?



With these considerations of the original artwork, kids can think about what is important to them.  What do you want to paint and preserve on your cave walls?


The design and painting portion of the lesson lasted another 40 minutes or so.

Step 1: for this art project, I cut a roll of craft paper into roughly 11×14 pieces so they would fit nicely into the kid’s art portfolios.  I like the texture and feel of the craft paper for this project.

Step 2: the kids crumple the paper to make the contours and textures of their cave walls.

Step 3: the kids used Sharpies to draw their sketched designs onto their cave walls.

Step 4: paint!  I gave each child black, brown, white and (a tiny bit) of red tempura paint to create their cave paintings. We talked about the colors and materials available to prehistoric man and how that limited color choices.  The kids were encouraged to mix to their hearts’ content.  cave painting art history project for kids britainearl

I was so happy with the results of this project.  The kids were so excited and enthusiastic about the history and the process.  I loved how each child was so unique in choosing what to paint on their walls.  I had a few who really wanted to try their hand at copying the look of the prehistoric animals.

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As well as several students who painted a few of their favorite things.

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What a fun art project for kids.

Part of the reason I teach a 3 hour Art Camp is to feel like we’ve really taken our time with the projects.  This art project for kids can be trimmed down for an hour lesson.  cave painting art history project for kids

Please share your thoughts and ideas. I’d love to hear how you teach prehistoric art to kids at home or at school!

Art Camp! Learn about art history and technique this summer! Gilbert kids summer camp

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I am so excited to be offering Art Camp this year.  I love the opportunity to share my love of art and art history with young artists.

Artists will Learn:  Principles of Art and Design, a Brief Overview of the History of Art, use a variety of Artistic Meduim, plus learn some particulars on an Art Master each day

Artists will Receive: a Snack each day, a Tee Shirt, Sketch Book, and Portfolio for the 5 works created in camp and beyond!

When and Where: Camp is held in my Gilbert home.  Monday-Friday June 13th-17th, from 9:30-12:30 each day.  There will be an art show for family and friends,  Friday night.

Who: Artists ages 6-11 are welcome.

Registration: Space is limited to 12 artists per session, a $50 deposit is required to hold your spot. (The remaining $45 may be paid the first day of class.)  Contact me with any questions, or to reserve your spot, or pay here: PayPal

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