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How to decide which art museum to visit

How to decide which art museum to visit

You’re heading to New York City for a day or two, you have limited time and a limited budget, but you also have an art lover in the family that really wants to go to at least one art museum, now how do you pick one? Students often ask , when they’re headed to a […]

One easy way to change the conversation and be an art advocate

One easy way to change the conversation and be an art advocate

Why does art matter? What is the purpose of creativity? Do these questions sound familiar? When someone asks one of these questions, they’re usually coming from one of two camps. 1. They’re actually curious and really do want to have better understand of why art matters. 2. They’re trying to ruffle some feathers, because they’ve […]

How to decide what kind of loom to buy

How to decide what kind of loom to buy

Are you trying to decide if you want to get a floor loom or a Mirrix, and wondering what’s the difference? As an owner and user of both, I’m going to share the similarities and differences between the two. First we’re going to talk about a floor loom. I’ll always have a special place in […]

How to weave a Soumack Stitch  + mini studio tour

How to weave a Soumack Stitch + mini studio tour

While I share a lot of art lessons and ideas on this site, I’ve realized that for some strange reason I’m never teaching you anything about textiles ( and that’s my thing). So, we’re going to work on changing that, and I’ll be adding some weaving/ fiber art lessons, ideas, and inspiration into the mix. […]

DIY: How to have fun making your own painted envelopes

DIY: How to have fun making your own painted envelopes

During my first or second year of teaching, I decided that I wanted to write a personal letter to every one of my students, yes all 150+ of them. It took some time, but I did it. They loved it, and felt so good to sit down each day, reflect on each individual student and […]

How to be Creative with Combination

How to be Creative with Combination

” The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ” ( author unknown) ~ Visual Intelligence One of my favorite things about creativity is coming up with new combinations, which is probably why I got all kinds of excited while reading the first few pages of Visual Intelligence. […]

Imagination as a Learning Tool

Imagination as a Learning Tool

The winter Olympics have long since passed, but the snow covered ground reminded me of this lesson filled with imagination that my brother my created. While most of my lessons and writing focus on the art classroom ( because that’s what I teach), it’s also important to remember that creativity and imagination can be wonderful […]

10 Movies for the Art Lover

10 Movies for the Art Lover

10 Movies for the art lover to watch on Netflix.  ( this is not an all encompassing list, these are movies that I’ve watched and enjoyed. ) If you’re planning to watch any with your students , please be sure to preview first. Big Eyes Frida Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer The First Monday in […]

What is imagination

What is imagination

“And what is true for individuals is true for people’s. Our problems are not more harrowing than the ravaging depressions and wars of a century ago. But our economic, demographic, and ecological challenges are in fact existential. I think we sense this in our bones, though it’s not a story with commonly agreed-upon contours. Our […]

Part 3: 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

Part 3: 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

 ” To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. ” Picasso We all do it…. we check our phone, email, facebook, over and over again, instead of getting the next thing crossed off of our to do list. 6 ways to help you and your students stop procrastinating. Deadlines: if there […]