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On this last day of 2013, I wanted to re-cap my first year-long online class, “Year of the Giraffe.” The “creativity experiment” was to spend the year approaching the giraffe in many different creative media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, writing, and sewing. Here are just a few samples of the wonderful work created this year!

Thank you to each and every one of you who participated in the class — and those of you who cheered from the sidelines. It was a really special class. Sandra Moreano said, “Carla, I consider you a life time friend and know you feel the same about all of us.” (She’s right!)

This year, the assignments were:

January – “Draw the Giraffe”
February – “The Mixed-Media Giraffe”
March – “Sew the Giraffe”
April – “Once Upon a Giraffe”
May – “Color Me Giraffe” (collage)
June – “Paint the Giraffe”
July – “Sculpt the Giraffe”
August – “Photograph the Giraffe”
September – “Animate the Giraffe”
October – “Multi-Giraffing (various assignments)
November – “NaGirWrMo” (writing)
December – “Timeline Journal the Giraffe”

Please enjoy the following artwork created by participants in the class; click the photos to take you to the flickr listings. (Also, there were SO MANY to choose from… this is just a tiny, tiny sampling. If you would like to see more, go here and here!)

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January - “Draw the Giraffe”
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walyerina

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Serena Mira Asta

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Joan Louise

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Lisa Firke

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Cheryl Ann

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Erin Ibbertson

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Planet Dyann

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February - “The Mixed-Media Giraffe”
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Stacey Replinger

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Lianne Evers

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Lynn

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Arlene Horvath

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lenelave

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March - “Sew the Giraffe”

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Sophie Qandil

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Catherine

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P. McVay

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Sasha DeWitt

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Hélène Villeneuve

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April – “Once Upon a Giraffe”
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Screen shot 2013-12-31 at 1.29.22 PMJay Worling

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Carollwc

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May – “Color Me Giraffe”
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Carol

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Currie Silver

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Jutta Müller

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June – “Paint the Giraffe”
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Cheryl Razmus

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Corrine Bekker

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July – “Sculpt the Giraffe”
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Jogglers

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Lynn

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SJ Willis

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Currie Silver

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August – “Photograph the Giraffe”
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Sandra Moreano

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Anne

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Susan Hartl

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September – “Animate the Giraffe”
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Click below to watch our collaborative animation!

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October – “Multi-Giraffing”
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Jill Kuhn

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Deb Nichol

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Marlene

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becuzilikeit

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Lilydendron

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November – “NaGirWrMo”
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Birthe

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Deb

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Corrine

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December – “Timeline Journal the Giraffe”
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Jutta

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And I’ll end this post with…

… some shrinky-dink giraffes…

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Martina

… a belated Christmas Giraffe by Eva…

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… and the Tallest Giraffe in the World! (becuzilikeit):

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Thank you, everyone, for a super fun giraffe-y year!

xoxo, Carla