Monday, February 1st, 2010

Artist Inspiration: Ann Rinkenberger from Harvest Moon by Hand


Artist Ann Rinkenberger from the blog Harvest Moon by Hand is our inspiration for today. After many years in the non-profit sector (with the last 8 of that founding/operating/directing a children’s art and farm camp), Ann is now a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her two daughters. She says that this is perhaps the most challenging – and rewarding – position she’s held.

“I feel so fortunate each day that I get to spend teaching and learning with the girls.”


“Following a rather eclectic approach, I tend to incorporate several methods including: Waldorf, Montessori, unit study, and classical. The girls are hands-on learners; so we do a lot of fun (yet educational) projects. I have them keep notebooks and lapbooks to record their work with various subjects and units they’re studying.”


“When I have breaks from homeschooling (few…but there are some), I make natural toys by hand for my daughters and others that are made from wool felt and sheep wool. They are made by sewing/embroidery or needlefelting…both crafts that I truly enjoy. I also make translucent window stars after admiring the ones at the local Waldorf school. The stars have been such a fun and creative way to add some beauty to the home, and to daily life.”

To see additional window stars and more of Ann’s artwork that’s for sale, please visit her Etsy shop.

All images © Ann Rinkenberger

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