Feeling like you want to get your creative juices flowing and make something cool? Want to make some art with your family? Want to learn how to paint or create pottery? Need art supplies? Need to plan a fun birthday party? Here are some Roc N' B friends who can help!
Offering a wide variety of Kid friendly classes and camps in two conveniently located studios, Painting with a Twist now makes it easier than ever to make that event, birthday party or school outing a truly memorable and special occasion. Conveniently located in West Seneca or Lancaster.
The Art Stop in Penfield is your one stop shop for all your fine art supplies, gift and creative items. You'll find a wide variety of products as well as a wonderful gallery and a custom frame shop. You can book lessons and birthday parties, join classes and sign the kids up for art camp.
Splatters is your very own pottery studio in the village of Spencerport where you can walk-in, book a party or a group event, join a workshop or class.
If you didn't see our first Maker's segment, you are in luck- you can watch it online or on this weekend's show. It will air mid-show. So, collect your materials and hold on tight. Mary Ellen and I were talking and she thinks it would be way cool if you made a puppet along with her.
The cool thing about sock puppets is that you can use all kinds of materials. The only thing that you need for sure is a sock. Other than that, let imagination be your guide. Mary Ellen used a sock, red felt, a sharpie, glue, a tuna can, scissors, pom-poms, googly eyes, yarn and a piece of thin cardboard.
Mary Ellen is using felt that has an adhesive backing. She cuts out a circle that she has traced using the tuna can. She then sticks the felt to a circle she has cut out of thin cardboard. (a cereal box will work just fine.)
Make sure the heal of the sock is facing down as you glue the mouth onto the puppet. See the picture for placement.
Once the mouth is on, fold it over so that it has a crease in the middle.
Once the mouth is in place, you can try your puppet on for size! Then you can glue the eyes, hair and whatever else you want to put on. To make it easier, you can stick the puppet on a water bottle, so you have both your hands free.
If you have a grown up helper, you could get their help with a hot glue gun. It makes things go way faster. Otherwise, you will need to wait for your glue to dry. Mary Ellen glued googly eyes to two pom-poms for her eyes.
Now, all that is left is hair. To make hair out of yarn, you just need to wrap yarn around something. Mary Ellen is wrapping it from her hand to her elbow. You could use a piece of cardboard instead. The more you wrap, the thicker the hair.
Here, Mary Ellen is done wrapping, and now she cuts the yarn so she can remove it from her arm.
Once you've done wrapping and you remove the loop of yarn, place it on the table and cut a small length of yarn so that you can tie a knot in the middle of your yarn-hair. Tie a double knot.
Then, cut the loopy ends of the yarn on both sides.
Once the hair is on and the glue is dry, you can go put on your own puppet show! Thanks Mary Ellen!
I have a great big crush on Buffalo. A.A. and I spent a day there and had such a great time. First off, we ate some tacos. We were off to a very good start because TACOS.
Here is a photo of A.A. enjoying something called Loganberry. It's a Buffalo thing and it's delicious!
After our tacos and loganberry, we visited Past and Present in Blasdell, which is chock full of rocks and fossils. We loved every minute of our time. There was so much to see including: fossils, minerals, crystals, jewelry, science kits, nature books, collecting tools and unique gifts from around the world.
When you go, make sure to visit their free Fossil Museum in the back. Yep. Free Fossil museum. The collection is extensive. Cool stuff everywhere you look.
Thn off to Kone King because ICE CREAM! I got the chocolate soft serve. A.A. got a hot fudge sundae. I am still thinking about the ice cream. Seriously. They know what they're doing.
On the way to our next stop, we came across some horses in Elma. We had to stop because HORSES. To our delight, we saw two colts.
Little did we know what magic we were in for. See the footage for yourself!
Our last stop was Vidler's 5 & 10. We were like kids in a candy store! We were like kids in a retro and collectable store! We were like kids in a toy store! Vidler's has all that and more. We saw sock monkeys and sea monkeys and this cool thing:
At the end of the day, we hung out on the beach in Hamburg.
We happened upon a drum circle.. It was a magical ending to a perfect day.
All that and it's only the tip of the iceberg. What a cool place.
Big News! ROC N' B & Friends Crosses the Puppet-People Barrier!
This is Mary Ellen! She's a person. Well, actually, she is part puppet, so she was the perfect choice to help us launch our "Makers" series. On Saturday's show, Mary Ellen will teach us how to make a sock puppet. This, utterly confuses B, who apparently doesn't know what puppets are.
Here's Mary Ellen with her finished puppet. (Spoiler alert! Sorry...guess I should have done that alert sooner...) Stay tuned to the blog...next up, we'll tell you what you need so that you can make your own puppet right along with Mary Ellen.
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Have you seen Lizard Brain's Audition? It's such a little gem. It shines even brighter now that we have added the words to the Alphabet Sandwich. In a stroke of brilliance, A.A. made the sandwich into a video game. He was working on it today, trying to get the beast of a thing to render. He said, "If I was writing the blogs, I would write a blog about this one. It's 90 tracks!"
Don't worry, A.A. I've got you covered. I will write the blog.
LIZARD BRAIN'S SANDWICH WAS BUILT WITH 90 INDIVIDUAL TRACKS ON THE VIDEO TIMELINE!
That's LOT of tracks. Let me give you some perspective on this. I can't even see all the tracks on my screen when I get past 5. My last project had 7 tracks at most and it included sound effects, music, and layered images. 90 tracks is crazily complex. I can't even imagine how hard it is to keep track of all that is going on in the timeline when it is that complex. A.A. remarked, "I just wish I would get some recognition for this."
Not more than 1/2 hour later, I called my mom to say hello. She just happened to be watching "Lizard Brain's Audition" on our website. My mother is a Roc N' B Super-Fan.
I told Anthony, "My mother loves Lizard-Brain's Audition. Is that recognition enough?"
One of my Facebook friends made a comment about having "Sudden Spring Onset Disorder" or something to that effect. I immediately knew what he meant. I always feel a bit out of step those early days of spring when the weather breaks and people stream out of their houses and immediately tackle their house and garden projects. I am still trying to figure out what shoes to wear that are not snow boots and my neighbors have already set up their outdoor patio furniture and container gardens.
A.A. had the same thought when he wrote "Spring Has Sprung."
Poor B just can't adjust to his neighbors' enthusiasm for the warmer weather. In his words, "Everyone is acting crazy on account of the warm weather." When the constant noise outside his window proves to be too much , B formulates a plan to gain some peace and quiet.
Tune in this week to find out what happens!
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A.A. and I went on a bit of a field trip this weekend. We stayed overnight at a lovely B&B in Sodus Point. The next morning, we stopped by the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. We expected to go up in the lighthouse tower and get a good look at the bay and then be on our way. The museum turned out to be packed full of artifacts and information about the lighthouse and about the history of the area in general and we ended up spending a few hours excitedly looking around.
After our guided tour and fun chats with both the director of the museum and our tour guide, we realized that we had come away with at least six great ideas for mini-docs for the show! We learned how ice was harvested; we got to see old-fashioned bathing costumes, and we learned a bit about what life was like for a lighthouse keeper and his family. We also found out that there used to be a trolley that took people from Rochester to Sodus point. That trolley will be the subject of a Roc Doc for our next show.
It's Nancy here. I am working on a mini doc for our upcoming show. I am creating a Once Upon a Buffalo mini doc about the Buffalo park system. I am learning from the best! Every time I get a lesson from A.A., I feel a bit of awe. He is so good at this stuff. He makes it look easy. Actually, he doesn't really make it look easy. The complexity is intimidating. He works quickly, juggling multiple ideas, and he flows expertly from one thing to another. For me, nothing really flows yet. I'm clunky and slow. The parts I did for the Park Doc were simple beginner-type stuff, of course. I am a real newbie at video editing.
I researched the subject which was fun and didn't require any video editing. I wrote the copy, which was also fun and fascinating and also didn't require any video editing. A.A. recorded the voiceover. That was cool. I wasn't even in the room for that. That was super easy for me. and, you guessed it, didn't require any video editing. Then, the video editing started. For some reason, A.A. trusted me with that part. So, I selected a bunch of photos, stuck them on the timeline and did some of the graphics (poorly). A.A. will have to re-do them, unless he thinks covering up Olmsted's face with text was an A number one artistic choice. (It wasn't a choice at all. I couldn't figure out how to move the text around). My skill set completely tapped out, I handed the doc back over to the master. There is no way that I can learn everything I need to learn to get it done by the time we have to hand the show in. But, I will learn what I need to know in due time.
I am practicing growth mindset. It's the idea that you can improve at things if you work at it. I am not bad at editing, I tell myself. I am just a newbie. I can learn if I put the time and effort in.
Old dogs can learn new tricks. It especially helps if they have really good teachers.