What to get your teacher this year?

Summer is getting closer and school will be ending in less than a month. Many moms wonder what should I get my child's teachers? Well here's a thought... My DIY Thanks for Bee-ing my teacher thank you cards.

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They are very easy to make, inexpensive, and easy to customize. All you have to do is print them, cut them out and attach your favorite chapstick with tape. The best part is that they are only $5. 

About My Teaching Services

Hello again! If you have not already met me, let me introduce myself, my name is Danielle Ellan Brown and I am graphic designer and artist. I enjoy working in a variety of mediums and I am also very passionate about teaching. Not everyone knows my story so I want to take this time to share more about me.

I didn't always know I wanted to teach, it actually just kind of fell into place for me. After college my plan was to find a graphic design job since I graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Hartford Art School. However, I ended up finding a job teaching at an Art Center, which actually worked out perfectly. I have always been interested in therapeutic art so fortunately at the art center I was able to teach paint socials, private lessons and also assist with their therapeutic art program. It was there that I found my love for teaching.  I also learned to embrace the therapeutic side of art and also the technical side of art making.

Paint Social I taught at Camp Simon Art Center

Paint Social I taught at Camp Simon Art Center

Currently I am a teacher for Art Ventures an after-school art program for kids in grades K-6 that uses the Let's Gogh Art Curriculum and rotates every 6-8 weeks. They also have summer programs and classes during schools breaks. Much of my teaching positions have been in the Hartford County area (Connecticut) and also Western Massachusetts area. 

Art-Ventures, drawing from student, age - 8

Art-Ventures, drawing from student, age - 8

Right now I also tutor two students in art who are ages 3 and 5. One of the aspects I like about tutoring is seeing students grow. When you are tutoring on a individual basis you really get to see the student develop and help them to learn art techniques, like how to hold the brush, how much water to use with watercolor, etc. I also enjoy tutoring because I can create my own curriculum without any restraints.

Kandinsky Lesson, Art tutoring, student - age 4

Kandinsky Lesson, Art tutoring, student - age 4

This past winter I also taught a therapeutic art class at the New Britain Musuem of American Art. The students ranged in ages from adolescents to adults with varying degrees of disabilites. It was such a blast and nobody wanted to leave! I also designed my own curriculum, which was fun.

My teaching philosophy

When it comes to teaching I am quirky, fun, and like to embrace my inner child. I teach technical art skills while also helping students to let go, have fun, and find their own style. I am also especially passionate about creating awareness for mental illness, and believe in using art for healing. Recently my artwork was selected for the Embracing Our Differences Show in Sarasota, Florida, which aims to educate people about acceptance and diversity.

To schedule tutoring or to learn more about my services please feel free to contact me.

Rice and Beans Sensory Box

During my son's playgroup I discovered that he was fascinated with their sensory table which always has really cool stuff in it. Therefore, I decided to create my own sensory box. I call this rice and beans!

landscape rice and beans box
rice and beans sensory box up close
rice and beans sensory box depth of field up close
rice and beans
rice and bean another angle

It was super easy to make! I had an extra long storage container under my bed that I was not using so I just filled it with some rice and beans. What's nice is that since it has a lid I can tuck it away, like under my bed, or just close it if I don't want him to getting into it.

Since my kitchen is on the larger side I had room to leave it in there also. However, I found that the living room worked well too because we have hard wood floors. All we have to do is sweep up the rice if any escapes out.

I hope it was helpful sharing this! I put "sensory box" items on Gabriel's Christmas list this year so hopefully there will be more posts with updates soon! Thanks for reading! 

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Explaining my Brand - Part 1

So, it occurred to me that not everyone understands what I do and what my brand means to me so I thought I would create a mini series on Danielle Ellan LLC.

First and foremost, there are many facets of my brand like design, teaching, and art. With all my work I focus on one main thing, exploring synchronicity and exploring the greater meaning of life events, big or small.

For this first series, I will be explaining why I chose my fonts and how they work within my brand. 

pacifico font

You may of noticed this font in my headlines and for my logo. As seen here...

Danielle Ellan Business Cards

So why did I chose it? Pacifico reminds me of the beach, the found memories I have growing up sailing, tubing, and sitting by the ocean. The water is always my happy place and makes me more calm. 

According to google fonts:

Aloha! Pacifico is an original and fun brush script handwriting font by Vernon Adams which was inspired by the 1950s American surf culture.
Happy Summer Danielle Ellan

To me the Pacifico font also has a vintage feel that is also a little retro and casual. Since my brand colors also reference beach colors, I thought this font is perfect for my brand.

So, onto the second part. The second font I chose was Josefin Sans and also her sister Josefin Slab. I use Josefin Sans for my body copy mostly and sometimes in all caps for headings or sub headings. I use Josefin Slab for quotes or important bits of information that needs special attention. Why?


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Josefin Slab Danielle Ellan Brand book
Finding Meaning Everyday mission Danielle Ellan

Well, Josefin Sans has an elegance to it, but is also very readable, and somewhat vintage like, especially for titles. It's no wonder because according to Google Fonts:

It is inspired by Rudolf Koch's Kabel (1927), Rudolf Wolf's Memphis (1930), Paul Renner's Futura (1927). My idea was to draw something with good style, that reflects Swedish design and their passion for a good lifestyle, and by default all other Scandinavian styles.

To me Josefin Slab has a bit of sophistication to it, like "Look at me. I'm Important."