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The Art of Darlene Carman,
The Painting Gourmet

I am an artist inspired by my passion for hiking and travel. In my paintings I strive to capture the moment of my favorite experiences creating a wide spectrum of landscapes, flora, marine and wildlife.

More than a decade ago, I created a unique technique using ordinary vegetables to apply paint instead of brushes. Since then I have continued to develop and refine this new innovative school of art. I found that the process allows me to better capture the natural spontaneity found in nature. Under the name “The Painting Gourmet”, I share the technique of painting with vegetables with children at local elementary schools, community recreation centers and major community events (15 years with The City of Sunnyvale’s Hands on the Arts). During the summer of 2002, I put on a summer Art Camp for children funded by a grant from The City of Milpitas. In 2004, I received another grant to conduct an art seminar/workshop for 100 children and their parents. A video production of this event was produced for local cable television.

Classroom Teaching Experience with Children

In the spring of 1999, I offered a comprehensive curriculum for teaching my unique technique to children at local Elementary Schools. Since then I have taught GATE, regular and after school classes in the Los Gatos, San Jose Oak Grove, and Milpitas School District’s accumulating more than 400 hours of classroom experience. For the last two years, I have taught an on going weekly art program for a local church. In addition, I am under contract to teach children art for the Arts Council Silicon Valley through the Arts Connect program.

Besides teaching children, I share my art with the community in other venues. I teach traditional painting to adults through both Milpitas Adult Education and Community Recreation Center. I actively participate in gallery showings, local fairs and fund raising auctions. I donated two eight-foot panels for the carousel restoration at Vasona Park in Los Gatos, CA.