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What’s the Point

What are you actually doing when you’re writing lesson plans, correcting papers, and grading projects? What are you really doing when you’re scrounging for supplies because your budget ( okay, you don’t even have a budget) never covers everything that your students need. What are you doing when you spend your summer going to professional […]

2 Easy ways to kids writing, and 1 way to organize your books

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway For the years that I taught in the public school system, we, the art teachers, were always being told that we needed to find ways to bring math, writing, and reading into […]

What do You Want to Become?

Ever imagine what you want to become when you “grow up”? When I was little , I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Yes, I was one of “those” people, that always knew what they wanted to be. I spent my time teaching both real and pretend students, assigning the neighbors homework, and […]

How to have better ideas

When you ask the wrong questions, or not enough questions, you get the wrong answer.  Lowe’s was having a .99 paint sample sale, which to an artist, is pretty darn exciting. Sorry, the sale is over as I”m writing this to you. It was perfect timing as I’d recently decided that I want to paint […]

Refuse to Quit, How to Become an Artist

Art has always been a major highlight and focus of not only your education, but your life. You have consistently been drawn to areas that involve artistry and innovation. Your early memories include going to art classes with your mother, looking over her shoulder and being fascinated by the creative process. The idea of manifesting […]

A complete guide to stocking your Art supply closet

After a year and half, our little yard is no longer a big pile of dirt, it has a patio, flower beds, and grass is growing!! These things are excited in and of themselves, but the really excited part is that means that it’s time to add all of the fun details….. DECORATE… and, well […]

How to Understand Modern Art

How to Understand Modern Art

I walk a mile to work each day, and no this isn’t like one of those stories that your parents or grandparents tell you about they had a walk a mile up hill in the snow to get to school, when they really lived next door to the school, I really do walk a mile […]

Me, Frida: Self Portraits in Paint

  Frida Kahlo Mexican, July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954 Me, Frida, introduces us to the beginning of Frida and Diego Rivera’s ( a famous painter) relationship, and portrays Frida’s struggle as she worked to be a celebrated painter in her own right. Approximately 1/3 of Frida’s paintings are self portraits that tell the story of […]

Cloth Lullaby : The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

Feel like you can’t remember the last time that you sat down and read a book? Life is busy, filled with long to-do lists, and doesn’t often allow time for curling up in your favorite chair, and reading a book. Because the worst is when you start a book, get really really into it, and […]

When Junk Mail stops being junk

    The mail comes flying through the mail slot, and hits the floor with a crash, each time I”m sure that someone just broke down my front door. As a kid, getting mail is exciting, it’s usually a pretty card, and if you’re really lucky some cash drops out as you rip into the […]