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11 Ways to use Watercolor

11 Ways to use Watercolor

” To change, we must at some stage understand something differently. Collaborating toward innovation is really about acting into the unknown. When does it all make sense? Only once we do something.” ( From : The Art of Critical Making) Watercolor is such a fun medium, and there are so many things that you can […]

What happens when you don’t know what questions to ask?

What happens when you don’t know what questions to ask?

So you really love making art, you think that you’re pretty good it, but you have no clue what to do next. You’ve taken lessons, watched youtube videos, and thought about highering a private tutor, but you know that being an artist is about more than being able to make pretty things, but you just […]

Are you teaching your students to be creative thinkers?

Are you teaching your students to be creative thinkers?

How to have time to add one more thing to your curriculum. You want to teach your students to be more creative, but you also feel like you don’t enough time to add another thing to your already packed schedule. When thinking about any of your lessons, you need to get to the heart of […]

Spending more time studying art makes you stand out in a crowd of sameness.

Spending more time studying art makes you stand out in a crowd of sameness.

Spending more time studying art makes you stand out in a crowd of sameness. I don’t mean that you’re going to stand out because you’re suddenly going to start dying your different hair colors and wearing crazy clothes ( although that happens sometimes). Instead, you’re going to stand out because you’re going to have a […]

How to cut fabric into one long strip for weaving

How to cut fabric into one long strip for weaving

I’ve always been a fan of rag rugs, but not so much a fan of cutting sheets or t-shirts into strips, until I discovered this method of cutting that makes it nice and easy to make one long strip. To get started we’ll use a scrap piece of paper because it’s much less intimidating than […]

Why Does Art Matter

Why Does Art Matter

Why do I have to learn algebra, when am I ever going to use it? Why do I need to read THIS book, what does it have to do with my life? Kids of all ages are always asking why, and as the adult tasked with responding to them why, it can get a bit […]

How to Keep your Sanity while teaching

How to Keep your Sanity while teaching

Planning, it’s a dirty little word, that you might be surprised to hear me say…. us artist types aren’t known having great organizational skills.   But I”m planner… also a dreamer… they go well together… because I plan on making my dreams happen, even if those dreams include adopting a mini pig and a goat. […]

Online Art Classes for Homeschoolers

Online Art Classes for Homeschoolers

  You do what? That seems to be the most common response when I tell people that I teach AP art courses online. I’ve been doing it for 4 years and taken many courses online myself, so it seems totally normal to me, however, I realize that might not be the case for everyone. So […]

How to Have more Creative Ideas

How to Have more Creative Ideas

You’re stuck. You can’t seem to come up with any new ideas. So you just sit there and watch another episode of Mind of Chef on Netflix, because at least it’s educationally, and who knows, maybe you’ll become a chef. ( note to self: start researching how to become a chef) I was sitting in […]

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 […]