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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 […]

Procrastination part 2: There’s No Creativity Without Slack Time

Procrastination part 2: There’s No Creativity Without Slack Time

( audio recording at the bottom) ” There’s no creativity without some slack time. “ I’d purchased a groupon for 30 days of yoga classes, I’d never done yoga before, but I exercised, and figured this might be a fun change. With determination to take full advantage of my 30 days pass, I decided that […]

Part 1: Deadlines Do they Matter?

Part 1: Deadlines Do they Matter?

Confession: I’ve recently become a procrastinator I’d agreed to lead a teacher in-service training on creativity, at the moment it seemed like no big deal, creativity is my jam. I marked the date on my calendar, did some backwards planning, and knew exactly what I needed to do and when I needed to do it […]

Teacher Tools Episode 3: How to use the Art Assignment

Teacher Tools Episode 3: How to use the Art Assignment

  I was standing in the back of my classroom sobbing into the phone, my mom was on the other end, and students were about to walk through my door, I needed to get my act together. It was one of those crazy days, that turned into a crazy week, and then a crazy month. […]

Helping Students to Plan

Helping Students to Plan

” The production of ideas, too, runs on an assembly line; that in this production the mind follows an operative technique which can be learned and controlled; and that its effective use is just as much a matter of practice in the technique as in the effective use of any tool.” James Webb Young. As […]

Teacher Tools: How to make a fillable PDF

Teacher Tools: How to make a fillable PDF

I love using google drive, and canva to create PDF’s, but sometimes I always want people to be able to type into those PDF’s. In the video below I”ll show you how to make any PDF fillable, for free.