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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 […]

What high school students wish their teachers knew

The quickest way to get to know your students is by listening and asking questions. There are a lot of students that walk in and out of my classroom each day, and there isn’t a lot of time for me to have conversations with each one of them. At least not conversations that allow me […]

Welcome to calls Officer Nasty

Student: I don’t understand why it’s so hard for old people to understand technology….. a few seconds later Mrs. Kane: How do you right click on a Mac?   The bell rings and students start steaming into my class. Many walk into the room, only to walk back out a few minutes later, as suddenly […]

What are schools for?

While in 6th grade I remember being required to have a huge three ring binder, and in this binder, we need to keep every single paper given to us. We were told that this was to prepare us for middle school.   I hated the binder, pages would rip, and soon every page had ton […]

Homeschooling, You don’t have to do it alone

auditing an AP Course from louise kane on Vimeo. As a child, I spent a lot of time playing school with my neighbors… I of course, was always the teacher. There were workbooks, worksheets, and projects involved in our pretend school, however, if I remember correctly ,  homework was optional. Sometimes in life, there just […]

schools teaching kids to stop thinking

I’ve mentioned several times that schools aren’t about teaching kids to be creative. Today we’re going to look at what schools are about. #99277622 / gettyimages.com   For my first few years of teaching I was much more of a rule follower, this caused me to believe that I had to have all of my […]

Tips on teaching kids to research

While sitting listening to an artist speak about his work and his process, he shared that he’s very intuitive in his process… college students ears perked, as they felt that this might be the ticket that they were waiting for… thinking that this might be the permission to ignore the professions….. the slip that told […]

The Connection between Empathy and Imagination

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. Maya Angelou What lessons are we teaching our students, our children? Do we even know? Are we stopping and taking the time to reflect, to think, to listen? I sat in the lunch room, and listened to stories of students […]

What to do with a degree in art

working at an art museum from amber kane on Vimeo. I was so excited about the conversation that I forgot to hit the full screen mode, so sorry for the clutter of my desktop.   Rebecca and I met in college, as we were both art majors, and both had a love for pottery…. we […]