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Inside the classroom: How to get your students talking about art

You spend hours writing lessons plans. You work to challenge your students, to teach them to love art, to understand and use new techniques and to have a love for art history, but some days you feel like you’re drilling them, and it seems that the rigor of lesson leaves them lacking confidence swimming a […]

Who is the best artist ever?

Who is the best artist ever?

Who is the best artist ever? That’s not an easy question to answer, and if you asked 10 people you would likely get 10 different answers. It’s a hard question, but it’a question that students in my AP Art History class are currently trying to tackle. ( it’s more a lesson in learning how to […]

How to tell your story through a photo

How to tell your story through a photo

“ Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” Dorthea Lange   You see people making money from taking photographs of the things that they love, and you dream of doing the same thing, but fear that it’s going to have remain, just that, a dream. You think that you […]

What is a DSLR Camera and Why do You Need one

What is a DSLR Camera and Why do You Need one

  You’ve  decided that this is the year that you’re going to get better at photography. And then you realize that the only camera that you have is the one on your phone, and just thinking about walking into Best Buy to pick out a camera makes you feel overwhelmed and stupid. You have no […]

12 Things that you can do Today to be More Creative

  1. Read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 2. Watch Dior and I on Netflix 3. Join the Creative Challenge 4. Visit the Renwick in Washington DC 5. Sign up for a class 6. Dress in a way that makes you feel creative 7. Write 6 word stories 8. Explore using an idea generation chart […]

Are you Becoming More of Less of Yourself

While unpacking boxes and more boxes, there were so many boxes it seemed like they must be finding a way to reproduce.   In the heap I uncovered my baby book. I’m not very sentimental. And by not very sentimental I mean that last year I gave my wedding dress to one of my high […]

5 Inspiring Art Movies on Netflix

  Sometimes I feel like I spend more time figuring out what to watch on Netflix than actually watching. So to save you some time, you can thank me later, here’s a list of great art related movies on netflix.   The Art of the Steal 2. Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry 3. Gerhard Richter Painting 4. […]

How to start your school year off right

Two months ago my husband and I moved to Lancaster City, one of the things that I was the most excited about was being able to walk almost everywhere.   Well really, I was most excited about getting a much larger studio and teaching space…… but back to the walking.   As I wander around […]

One Tool that will change how you solve problems

“ In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes you work distinctive. “ Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.   It was Christmas Eve, I sat down at the loom determined to finish…. aka….. start […]

What one skill you need to succeed Today

‎”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~Steven Pressfield   When I was a kid my two favorite things to make where, […]