“Common Threads” Explores Color, Style And Texture At GalleRE. Behind The Scenes At Resource Depot: YOUR Resource For Materials, Classes And More Than You Can Begin To Imagine!

The Resource Depot and the Conniston Middle School art department invite the public to  “Common Threads”. Displayed at Resource Depot’s GalleRE, this art exhibition represents unity and diversity through different colors, styles, and textures of fabric that were found in Resource Depot donations.  There will be a Special Workshop Open to the Public on February 11th to create Fabric Portraits.  This is just one phenomenal place to explore for yourself, your students, and organizations!  The Rickie Report shares the details about Resource Depot, one of our Community Partners.




2510 Florida Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 (561) 882-0090


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Saturday, February 11th at 10 am

Resource Depot will be hosting a Fabric Portraits workshop featuring artists Lisette Cedeno and Jade Henderson, whose students have participated in the show.


Reserve your spot:  www.resourcedepot.net.

Cost to participate is $20 per person.

Workshop space is limited, so please register in advance.

For questions about workshops, email education@resourcedepot.net.





Resource Depot and the Conniston Middle School art department join together for a creative project called “Common Threads”. Displayed at Resource Depot’s GalleRE, “Common Threads” is a student art exhibition representing unity and diversity through different colors, styles, and textures of fabric that were found in Resource Depot donations. Seeing all these mismatched materials and how they work together reminds us that the same is true for people.



“Common Threads” is now open through March 15th

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00

GalleRE hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am – 5 pm

Wednesdays 11 am – 7 pm, and Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm



The Resource Depot GalleRE serves as a space to not only display upcycled artwork, but also to inspire others to think about what they are throwing away and how it could benefit someone else. All art pieces exhibited in the GalleRE include some aspect of reusable materials.


We will be CLOSED Saturday, February 18th.
Come visit us at ArtiGras!


We need volunteers in the following areas at ArtiGras!

All volunteers receive free admission to the Festival.

Beer Booths
Help us serve beer to festival-goers.
Must be 21 or older to sign up. 10% of beer sales goes to Resource Depot!

Email elebrun@resourcedepot.net
for more details.

ArtiKids Area
Help us make art projects for their
Circus-themed kids area. Must be 14 or older to sign up.

Email education@resourcedepot.net
for more details





Bins and Bins and Bins!



We fill minds, not landfills. We turn almost 200,000 pounds of reusable stuff a year into classroom and alternative art materials, equipping educational programs, public workshops, and the weekend tinkerer with all sorts of unusual and inspiring resources to build, make and create with in Palm Beach County.

We have one focus in mind: inspiring individuals to make a difference in our world through environmental awareness and to participate in the ripple effect of taking small, but immediate action towards making your community a better place.

Tinker Lab Area


Resource Depot was founded. Members from the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County,Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County School District and Florida Power & Light, came together to divert clean, safe, reusable materials that would otherwise be destined for the landfill into the hands of people who can use them for educational and artistic purposes.

After several changes of location in the intervening years, we finally found the ideal home: 2510 Florida Avenue, off Belvedere in West Palm Beach. We made our big move in the fall allowing our role in the community to expand. We are still “the teacher place” but we are also SO MUCH MORE. We couldn’t be more proud of our space, and we invite you to visit any time during our shopping hours to check it out! Please note warehouse access policies.

A look at what’s coming:
Making Resource Depot a Destination Location. With additions of:
Artist GalleRe
Creation Station
Drop Stop
Tinker Lab
And more educational programs on and off site for all of Palm Beach County.




Project Ideas!   Materials!  Recycle!  Reuse!



Teaching Artists Wanted!

Send resume and photos of project samples to Chelsea at education@resourcedepot.net.



About Resource Depot:

Resource Depot is a non-profit organization in Palm Beach County that has been inspiring the masses for 17 years to reduce waste by way of creative reuse. Each year, Resource Depot rescues approximately 83 tons of waste from our landfills transforming that into supplies for classrooms, educational programs, and the weekend tinkerer. They spark imagination through their annual memberships, field trips, a summer Junk Camp, and in-house DIY workshops for all ages.

For more information visit:  www.resourcedepot.net 

 or Call 561.882.0090


Shopping hours are:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11 am – 5 pm,

Wednesdays 11 am – 7 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm







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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Re-energize Yourself At The Boca Raton Museum Of Art School In One Of Their Special 4-day Workshops For Adults Or Teens

Tired of summer? Feeling sluggish? You can re-energize yourself at the Boca Raton Museum Of Art School in one of their special 4-day workshops for adults or teens!  Their new new fashion and design workshop for teens was a big success in June …AND it was sold out. The teens (not all girls!) created several garments, leaning how to us a sewing machine to create seams, straight hems, and all sorts of things. The Rickie Report gives the details for this and other Workshops, including “Boot Camp for Expressionists” with Mile Levanthall, a Video Workshop, a Drawing Workshop – plus more Summer Camp opportunities!





Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road, Boca Raton FL 33486








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Painting by Miles Laventhall



“ Boot Camp for Expressionists: The Nude in Landscape and Abstraction” is a four day intensive painting workshop with popular instructor Miles Laventhall. August 15 to August 18. This is a terrific painting workshop in which you might be tired each evening, but exhilarated at the end of the week. This is a wonderful way for novices and experienced artist to get your creative endorphins racing and create new paintings.


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Miles Laventhall



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Teen from June Fashion Design & Sewing Workshop


Fashion Design & Sewing workshop teens are learning to use sewing machines and making a variety of garments. 1 – 3:30pm, August 2 – August 5.

The early summer workshop in June sold out!


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Sewing Workshop

The Drawing Workshop is for serious teens interested in drawing from observations and learning to draw the human figure. 1 – 3:30 pm, July 19 to July 22.


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Charcoal Drawing




In the Video Workshop teens work together to create their own video. 10 am – 4 pm, August 9 to August 12.


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Child’s Self Portrait


The Art School’s fun, creative summer camp for children ages 5 to 12 continues to August 12. Theme weeks include Portraits, International Arts Week and Color Explosion.


For information about classes call 561-392-2503 or visit the new website http://www.bocamuseum.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocaschool

The Boca Raton Museum Art School

 801 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33486


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First Encounters With Art – Caren Hackman Interviews Glenn Tomlinson, Lyda Barrera and Christina Barrera-Part One

To ensure continuity within The Arts, we need to teach and model each generation. The Rickie Report invited Caren Hackman to investigate how to best introduce young people to art experiences and at what age.  This is the first section of a two part article. For this article, Caren consulted with three experts. We are grateful to Glenn Tomlinson, Lyda Barrera and Christina Barrera for taking the time to share their experiences with our readers.  Caren Hackman is a fine artist, graphic designer and author of “Graphic Design Exposed”.  We hope you will share these articles with friends, family and neighbors.  Let’s Keep The Arts Alive!



First Encounters With Art

Part I



Glenn Tomlinson has served as the William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education at the Norton Museum of Art since January, 2001.  (www.norton.org)   Prior to that time he worked in museum education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He lives in Jupiter with his family. The Q and A with Glenn will appear in The Rickie Report tomorrow.

Lyda Barrera has taught elementary school art in the Palm Beach County School District for 25 years. She and her daughter, Christina Barrera, also work privately with students to prepare them for auditions at Bak Middle School of the Arts (http://www.bakmsoa.com) and Dreyfoos School of the Arts (http://www.awdsoa.org).

Christina Barrera, a professional artist, is an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (http://www.sva.edu). She spent two years working as a Museum Educator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland (https://www.thewalters.org).



Barrera's Bird Project

Lyda Barrera’s Bird Project


CH:  How do you begin a first art encounter with your kindergarten students?

LB:  Shapes.  I start by holding their hands through basic shapes to make a bird. I give them a structured lesson, with steps, so that they can begin to see how you can draw a real bird with simple shapes. I show them photographs of birds and also samples of drawn birds. They can choose whatever colors they want for their projects. The lesson takes up about four classes and they get introduced to paint when they create a background, but not color mixing yet.

CB: There was another lesson I remember we did in the first grade, teaching vertical and horizontal lines, primary colors, and shapes. We used our fingers to measure equal spaces and learned the difference between horizontal and vertical lines to draw straight lines in a grid. Then we used stamps of different shapes that we stamped in a pattern with primary colors. It taught us about line, color, and patterns all at once.


CH: How long are the art classes at school? Is the length of time appropriate?

LB: All the classes are 40 minutes long. 40 minutes is enough for kindergarten and first grade, but later an hour would be better, or even longer would be ideal.


CH: Christina, with what age children did you work at the Walters?

CB: In the museum, we had different programs ranging from infants to adults. We had programs for 1-12 months, 12-24 months, 2-4 years, 4-6 years, 6-8 years, 9-13 years, teens, and adults. They start in the galleries and then go downstairs for some kind of activity, usually an art project, although for the babies it’s just free play, and the adults usually don’t go into the studio.


CH: How young are the children who visit the Walters when they begin to create artwork based on observations from the exhibits?

CB: The youngest we ever had in the Art Babies program was a four month old! They were typically closer to six months to a year at the youngest. They’re not making art yet, just looking, touching, and interacting with their caretakers.

The Art Tots toddler program, for two to three year olds, is the first program where, after their gallery visit and gallery activities, they make artwork related to what they saw in the museum. Each session has a theme such as animals, story telling, celebrations, food, and many others. During each gallery visit we viewed three works of art that pertained to main idea or theme. The art project that followed was based on the theme so that they could connect what they saw in the galleries and their own experiences to create a work of art just like the artists in the museum.

The primary goal was to make the art project something that had easily definable steps and was as simple as possible.  We want them to put most of their energy toward personalizing their work of art and being creative, as opposed to spending all their time trying to build it the right way or follow a series of complicated steps. Often we tried to have the basis of the project be so simple that we didn’t make a sample, so they didn’t have anything to copy. That meant they were free to make it in whatever way occurred to them.




Lyda Barrera's Student with Artwork

Lyda Barrera’s Student with Award winning Artwork


CH: You’ve told me that most children draw freely without instruction before they begin taking classes and that you ask them to draw from observation.

LB: Drawing from observation engages the brain in a different way than free expressive art, which is also important but is not engaging their brains the same way.

CB: It’s important to make sure that young kids be told that there is no wrong way to make art! Later, I think it’s important for students to gain skills and challenge their brains to learn to analyze what they’re seeing and draw from observation, but it’s also so important to tell kids that there’s no wrong way to make art — it can’t be “right or wrong.” They should be free to make whatever they want; however they want. This freedom is especially important for a child who likes to make art but might not be that dedicated or skilled. It helps prevent them from getting discouraged because a project doesn’t look “right” or they’re “not good”.  Seeing and making art, developing motor skills and creativity are all important parts of development and can enrich someone’s life forever if their creativity isn’t invalidated early on.

LB: A lot of teaching young children is teaching in a group so that they see what the others are doing and are learning from each other. Also it helps motivate them because the interested students motivate each other to work harder and improve. Students who are talented but haven’t had much of a challenge can have a hard time adjusting to observational drawing with higher standards because it takes more work and practice than free drawing.


CH: I’ve watched you teach students. One of things that I admire the most is how well you explain each project’s techniques and objectives.

LB: I have been teaching 25 years.  I learned early on that it is important to be totally precise in your directions. Students can behave like a swarm of bees and they all follow wherever you go. You have to have the experience to learn how to instruct in a very specific, clear way so as not to mislead. The more times you teach a project, the better you get at explaining it.


The Rickie Report shares Part II tomorrow.


Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/. Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.




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The Rickie Report

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