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Letter to a First Year Art Teacher - Practical Advice from the Trenches

Letter to a First Year Art Teacher – Practical Advice from the Trenches

Dear First Year Art Teacher, Congratulations on your new job teaching Art! You are embarking on a wonderful adventure! There will be days ahead when you’ll declare to anyone who will listen that you have the BEST job in the world. There is SO much to LOVE about teaching Art! But, as with all things, […]

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Why Sharing a Classroom Might Be Better Than You Thought.... and 5 Ways to Make It Work

Why Sharing a Classroom Might Be Better Than You Thought…. and 5 Ways to Make it Work

Let’s face it, given the choice, we’d all prefer to have our own space. But consider this…. maybe sharing a classroom isn’t so bad after all. I used to dream of having my own classroom… complete with storage for supplies and a sink for clean up. A place I could call my own and make […]

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5 Steps to Improving Your Teaching Skills This Summer

5 Steps to Improving Your Teaching Skills This Summer

When I first watched this TEDx Talk a while back, I immediately saw the implications for teachers…. and not only for Art teachers. I believe any teacher of any grade or subject will benefit from following these steps. For that matter, anyone who wants to get better at anything could apply this strategy. Maybe that’s why this […]

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A Heart to Color by Hazel McNab

A Heart for Moms…. or Anyone!

Hearts, flowers, and a handmade touch are things that come to mind when I think of a gift for Mother’s Day. So why not combine all three to show some love to a mom…. your own or another special mom in your life?    My friend Hazel McNab of 366hearts.com is famous for her hearts. She’s […]

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the 366 Hearts blog

Hearts and Grit

Four years ago, I wrote a blog post about Hazel McNab, a woman who challenged herself to design a heart to go with an inspiring quote every day for a year. She held herself accountable by posting her journey online. It just so happened it was a Leap Year, hence the name of her blog: 366 Hearts. Well, it’s […]

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Kaleidoscope Lettering - New & Improved!

Kaleidoscope Lettering – New & Improved!

While I love creating new art projects to keep things fresh and interesting, some of the older projects are just so good, they’re worth repeating year after year…. which also gives me the chance to keep improving them! Kaleidoscope Lettering is one of those projects! It uses the concepts of bilateral (reflective) symmetry, tessellation, and positive/negative space to transform names, initials, or inspiring words into unique […]

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Ceramic 'Pot of Gold'

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Ceramic ‘Pot of Gold’

Leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold all tell us that St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner! We made our pots of gold out of clay so they would last from year to year. While these look like little pots full of gold coins, there’s a bit o’ trickery here…. the coins are actually attached to a removable […]

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