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Getting started with a New Year

Getting started with a New Year

I like to treat a new semester like a brand new school year. It’s a fresh start for you and your students, a chance to do better. To improve, and hopefully not make the same mistakes. It’s a chance to get back on track. Here’s what I’m trying out this semester. Select a theme for […]

What to do when another teacher asks for art supplies

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I’ve been thinking a lot about communication, more specifically , how I want to be communicated with, and I’m feeling like it’s a bit crazy that I’m just thinking about this now.  I teach both in person and online, and something that I’ve learned from teaching online, is that for it to work well, and […]

Someone Please Throw me a Rope

Someone please throw me a rope. My husband and I just returned from Chattanooga, and Nashville. ( side note, we accidentally went to Nashville during the CMA’s, talk about crazy) While we were in Chattanooga, we decided that we want to spend some time paddle boarding, while it was clear that it was a windy day, […]

Fine Art Friday: Andy Goldsworthy

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As with all my work, whether it’s a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I’m trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone.   Andy Goldsworthy   My brother, who teaches elementary physical edu, […]

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 […]

What kind of Loom is Best for You

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  click. click. click. I watched her move those needles rapidly and with precise rhythm, and with even more amazement I watched that ball of beautifully soft yarn transform from a ball into a sweater, blanket, scarf, a mini sweater for my doll named Allison. I had to learn how to do it, and so […]

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 […]

Part 2: Finding your Voice as a Photographer

Part 2: Finding your Voice as a Photographer

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If you haven’t already, go back read and do part 1. Last week you should have collected a series of images in a variety of categories. Today you’re going to use those images to begin to uncover your personal aesthetic, aka, how you like things to look. Look at all of your images and answer […]

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 […]