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What Homeschoolers Need to Know about Applying to Art College

During my senior year of high school I was struggling with depression and battling an eating disorder, all why attempting to decide where I wanted to go to college.  I knew that I wanted to be an art teacher, but the options of where to study seemed endless. I could go to a 4 year […]

There’s so much to do … and then you need to teach

There’s so much to do … and then you need to teach

Sometimes life is complicated, because we make it that way. And sometimes it’s complicated just because it’s life. Most weeks your to do list is longer than humanly possible, and somehow you forget, that every week that passes, without you crossing everything off of the list, somehow you don’t die, your kids don’t starve ,and […]

17 Emotions of being an Art Teacher

Overwhelmed at the  teetering pile of projects waiting to be graded.   Heartbroken at the sight of cracked, melted ceramics pieces as you open the lid to the kiln, now to break the news to the students.   Tired from explaining why art matters, and because you never get enough sleep….. Because…. All those projects, […]

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 […]

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, […]