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One Step to end the Marking Period with Ease

One Step to end the Marking Period with Ease

When I first started teaching I would dread the end of each marking period. Suddenly student after student would be asking for extra credit, and wanting to know what I gave them a ” C”, never wanting to claim that they may have played a role in the grade  that they earned. Then reports cards […]

Does Empathy matter in the Classroom

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” Sonia Ricotti   Sitting in a classroom full of high school students, overhearing their conversations, that are filled with gossip and unkind words, “I can’t take it anymore… that’s enough.”   While that ended the conversation , I can’t leave […]

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, […]

Why Right Brain Thinkers Will Rule the World

When I first sat down at the loom, after a few years away, I was excited to create, but didn’t trust my own voice or vision, I felt like I had to follow a pattern, and a put a check after each step on the very long list of weaving directions. I thought that I […]

How to be Bold, and find your path in life

Today I have to talk about goodbyes. I hate goodbyes, I’m not really sure who likes them, but more than goodbyes, I hate being vulnerable, and lately, tears seem to just come springing out of my eyes, with little warning. I feel like I’m walking down the hallway with a frog in my throat, and […]

How to become a fashion illustrator?

  You have a year or two left of high school, and you think that it would be awesome to work in the fashion industry, but your parents are terrified that you’re going to become yet another ” starving artist.”   Side note to the parents: Have you ever met a starving artist? Really this […]

Creative inspiration round up

At the end of my courses, I often allow students to ask whatever they wish, and do my best to answer them. answering student questions from amber kane on Vimeo.   As mentioned in the video, one of the ways that I love to connect to current artist is through social media, click for my […]