Hello, I’m Blair Nakamoto. For over a year now I have been part of Art Sphere Inc.’s art teaching team, offering painting skills for murals, art lesson plan writing, and appreciation for simplicity and heartfelt values with craft-making and design.
I am now in New Jersey, born in California, and graduated from Camden County College with a fine and applied arts degree.
Currently I am an assistant for the Art Sphere Inc. Tumblr blog found here.
To me, humanity’s connection with the arts since prehistory is not unlike mankind’s endeavors into outerspace and researching particle physics. Art is about exploration of the beauty of our universe as well as our human commonalities, and shared stories. I intend to bring this love of beauty and of storytelling to my pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration. The necessary delight of art is well conveyed in the essay “The Philosophy of Composition” by Edgar Allan Poe:
“[t]he most elevating, and the most pure, is, I believe, found in the contemplation of the beautiful. When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect — they refer, in short, just to that intense and pure elevation of soul…”
Art that’s sincere and lifts your soul and spirit will inspire.
Seeing children become engaged with crafts and artistic concepts is so rewarding. Along with fellow volunteers and interns, I have gotten to teach, paint and craft on projects at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Veterans Multi-Service Center, Tzu Chi Center, and Fishtown Recreation Center outer mural.
My earliest experiences with art were drawing birds and fish at pool parties. My family had an appreciation for visual art and local gardens and I continued drawing, delighted and self-encouraged to see that I could bring anything from friendly alligators to stories about backyard birds to two-dimensional life.
My favorite memory with ASI was near my birthday in April, last year, when we held Astronomy Night at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The night was overcast and the conditions rainy, but we continued with the installation indoors anyway, and with just two volunteers and our director, we taught the Constellation Project. It was my first visit to the refuge, a remarkably beautiful place. There were cupcakes, star-shaped crafts, and best of all, the gathering of youth ready to learn about the beauty and intricacies of nature.
For fun I like to listen to radio podcasts, go climbing, and bake. I could never do without a schedule book, reading books, and art supplies.
Groundhog Day! The old Pennsylvania German holiday every February 2nd that fosters hope and gathering in spite of the cold was celebrated again this year at the John Heinz National … Continue reading Groundhogs Aplenty
Description: Bird made of paper tube, attached paper parts, and a plastic straw that allows wings to move. Objectives: An interactive way to teach awareness of bird (and other wildlife) migration patterns … Continue reading Migration Partner
Description: Group project made up of different shapes Objectives: Students build confidence with the concept of abstraction and recognize it as a valid art form. Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or … Continue reading Lights Off!
Description: Drawing on black paper Objectives: Students practice a subtractive method of drawing and feel secure in expressing their feelings. Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: Preschool to middle … Continue reading A Real Scream
Description: Still life drawing Objectives: Students develop a sense of form through the process of creating images with dots. Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: Elementary to middle school … Continue reading Getting to the Point
Description: Invented landscape, dinosaurs, or monsters Objectives: Students build images from their experiences making texture Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: Elementary to middle school Sample, Historical Art Examples, … Continue reading Monstrous World
Description: Cubist-like portrait Objectives: Students have an opportunity to be the center of attention and practice observational drawing in a fun environment. Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: preschool … Continue reading Perfect Portrait
Description: Repeated images of contradiction Objectives: Students practice shading without the risk of being unable to draw Author: Kristin, edit by Blair Grade level or Target Age Range: Elementary to middle school Sample, Historical … Continue reading Shades of Grey
Painting Workshops at Cohocksink Recreation Center Teaching painting on canvas with approx 25, 5-12 year olds, from 3-6 working with RSI’s: Ester, Emma, Gerry , Director Jerry and Danica starting with the … Continue reading Painting Workshops at Cohocksink