The Coronavirus and Associated Activity
Art (detail) - Saint Rosalie interceding for the plague stricken of Palermo by Anthony Van Dyck. From the Met's Open Access.
I consider myself very fortunate in this Coronavirus situation. Even though my work is almost all the way cut back, my husband's job is safe and we have enough to feed the three kids for a few weeks. One amazing friend of mine even traded a few rolls of toilet paper for some art supplies! I know many families aren't so lucky, and I'm going to do my best to help (even though I'm not sure how yet).
Being an instant homeschooling mom is a strange adjustment to make, but it seems to be going decently well so far. Mostly my goal is to keep the kids busy and learning something without resorting to TV for more than two hours a day. I made a special box containing random different fun activities that the kids get to pull out and be surprised. So far we've made bead and pipe cleaner snakes, made rainbow shamrock suncatchers, had a paper airplane competition, made our own pompoms, and colored some velvet posters that I got at Hobby Lobby. I'm going to be collecting ideas in this Pinterest Board I made if you need some as well. I'm also intending to do some hardcore vegetable gardening this year because I'm unsure what the future will bring.
Otherwise, I think I ought to update my website. It's been quite a while since I've bothered to add any projects I've worked on, so what you see doesn't represent how busy I've been up until last week. It's funny to go from being totally overwhelmed to having basically only childcare to worry about, but I thank God that we're doing as well as we are.
Finally, I'm planning to do one very large 26-part animated art project that I'd like to roll out dedicated to all of the new homeschooling families across the country. Hopefully this will all pass us and leave us all stronger as a country than we ever have been before.