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Bonnie Rose Hudson
To The Creator
An Interview with Brenda Ellis
I think it is one of the closest ways that we can connect to the
creativity of our own Creator.
Brenda Ellis is the author of the Art Techniques class on Schoolhouse Teachers.com. She’s also the au- thor of the popular ARTistic Pursuits art curriculum for preschool through
12th grade and the creator of new sculpture
books for creating three-dimensional art at
home. I had a chance to ask Brenda about
what motivates her as an artist and instructor.
TOS: When did you first discover your
love of art?
Brenda: I’ve always been drawn to art
and good images. I’m sure that I was in-
spired by my parents as a toddler. We lived
in a small farming community, with little
access to art museums and traditional art
influences, however my parents were highly
creative. They made art objects for every
holiday; they designed elaborate costumes
and floats for the town parade and did
many of the painting projects in the town.
My mother and grandmother went to a
local art class. My mom showed me the
things that she was learning and always let
me get my hands into it. By the time I entered school, I realized that kids didn’t typically do all this stuff, but I consumed with
passion every school assignment that included art. My parents never criticized any
creative endeavor, so I was never fearful of
trying out my ideas for art.
TOS: What is it about art that draws you?
Brenda: Art is very much like nature.
The same elements are in play every day—
earth, sky, and water—and yet every day is
a new sight to see. Nature is never the same.
There’s always a new discovery or the pos-
sibility of a new experience. Compare this
quality of nature to art. We all use the same
tools in art, but the possibilities of discov-
ering or creating something new are end-
less. I think it is one of the closest ways that
we can connect to the creativity of our own
TOS: How did you develop your talents in
Brenda: When I grew up, we didn’t have
electronic devices, so there were no classes
online then. I simply took advantage of
whatever possibilities presented themselves. I drew whatever interested me—
portraits from magazines and landscapes
from my walks through the countryside.