The Unstandardized Standard


Pre School kids art class

Kids summer art exploration is a series of creative mornings for your child to spend 1.5 hours at a Lancaster County art gallery while you run errands, enjoy shopping, or relax and slowly drink a cup of coffee or tea at a local cafe, sounds like dream come true right? All classes will be taught by myself, Amber Kane, aRead the Rest…


A teacher’s journey to falling back in love with teaching

I’ve never been known to have a great ability to think before I speak, I open my mouth and words just start flowing. This is likely one of the qualities about me that my high school students find entertaining. Sometimes it’s a lack of a filter and others it’s blatant honesty, something that often is lacking when adults speak toRead the Rest…


The lies that schools tell

As another school year comes to a close, it has me thinking about what schools actually do and do not teach students. And as I was sitting in my studio, making the 4th version of a top that I’ve been thinking about making for months… make that almost a year, I couldn’t help but think that in school our studentsRead the Rest…


Dear Students, What school forgot to teach you, a letter from your teacher

Dear Students, the things that we forgot to tell you while you were in school. Your test score does not define you…. in fact no one cares what you scored on the PSSA’s, Keystone, SAT, or ACT. Really after filling out your college application  (if you choose to do so) no one will ask you again. In fact, if asked,Read the Rest…


How to talk to kids about art

“Kids are not little adults. But they are professionals. Their job is to play, their job is to experiment, their job is to try different things.” Chuck Jones (the guy who drew Bugs Bunny) On a regular basis students walk up to me holding a project, drawing, or photograph in their hand and ask if they’ll get an “A”. IRead the Rest…


Do Ducks have a Penis?

Recently I read Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, it’s an interesting book that goes through the life and process of creatives. The 3 most common themes were the consumption of alcohol , caffeine, and taking walks. I’m not advocating that you start drinking heavily, instead we’re going to focus on the movement part of the equation. Research is finding thatRead the Rest…


AP art online

ap art from louise kane on Vimeo. From talking to many of you, I’ve become all too aware that it’s hard to find art classes for your kids. While I do many classes in person, this option is online, so your kids can take the course from anywhere! AP art is great for the student / child that loves art,Read the Rest…


How to have more free time as a parent.

talking to kids about their art

When I was entering second grade, our teachers went on strike, causing school to start 2 weeks late. It was wonderful. 2 more weeks of summer.   My brother and I were thrilled. We spent the next two weeks at our grandmother’s house. Her house was one of my favorite places to go. There were few rules, giant pillows, and evenRead the Rest…


stop labeling: how labels hurt students

we started losing them and hurting them as soon as we started labeling them. my classes are rather loose. students working, walking around, talking, music playing. this type of environment works well for developing ideas, a side effect, is that i hear and am included in a lot of conversations. perhaps i’m more sensitive to it this year, or maybeRead the Rest…


What rules actually matter

Please wear underwear at all times   It’s that time of year, where the weather starts to get warm, and high school girls forget to put clothes on in the morning. Their shorts ( if you can call them that) are far too short, there tops, cover only a few inches of the body, and it’s rather amazing that theRead the Rest…


Where the Rules are Broken