Inspiration – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Steps to Improving Your Teaching Skills This Summer http://www.teachkidsart.net/5-steps-to-improving-your-teaching-skills-this-summer/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:30:40 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5058

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 […] ]]>
A Heart for Moms…. or Anyone! http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-heart-for-moms-or-anyone/ Thu, 04 May 2017 00:07:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5031

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 […] ]]>
Teaching Kids to Be Creative http://www.teachkidsart.net/teaching-kids-to-be-creative/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 06:59:23 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5013

We all agree that teaching kids to be creative pays big dividends no matter what field of work they choose as adults.  But often our efforts at teaching creativity have a future pay-off that we don’t get to see. Kids grow up and leave our schools (or our homes) and we never know the full impact that […] ]]>
Hearts and Grit http://www.teachkidsart.net/hearts-and-grit/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:36:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4998

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 […] ]]>
Mona Lisa Meets the Oxford MBA Program http://www.teachkidsart.net/mona-lisa-meets-the-oxford-mba-program/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 04:02:41 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4963

What does the Mona Lisa have to do with an MBA from Oxford University? That’s what I was wondering, too…. We recently had the chance to visit our daughter at Oxford University, where she’s studying for her MBA. When we arrived, her “Entrepreneurship” elective was just getting out, and students were talking about an exercise they […] ]]>
22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity http://www.teachkidsart.net/22-ways-to-combine-writing-art-to-encourage-creativity/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:11:38 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4854

I recently had the privilege of helping my adult daughter edit the manuscript for her first book. Her first real, published book. A book with an agent, a publisher, a release date (April 2017), and it’s own pre-order page on Amazon. A proud parenting milestone for sure! But this book of hers has been a long time in the making. […] ]]>
A Podcast Just for Art Teachers http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-podcast-just-for-art-teachers/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/a-podcast-just-for-art-teachers/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 06:19:15 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4736

When I discover something new that I really love, I have to share it! Whether it’s my new YETI tumbler that keeps my tea hot (or cold) all day or my Pentel Water Brush that I’m currently having a blast with, I tell everyone. There’s just something in me that has to share good things with others. […] ]]>
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Giving Back with Art http://www.teachkidsart.net/giving-back-with-art/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:58:16 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4700

Have you ever been inspired to ‘give back’ to your community as a way to say “thank you” to those who helped you through a difficult time? I was touched by the story of Dan and Janean Toone, who started Young at Art in response to the care that their young grandson received while spending […] ]]>
Art for the Differently-abled http://www.teachkidsart.net/art-for-the-differently-abled/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/art-for-the-differently-abled/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:06:30 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4541

I wasn’t looking for a new teaching position when I got the phone call last spring to “just let me show you our facility”. The call was from the director of the Stroke and Disability Learning Center at our local Community College, and I agreed to a tour.  It wasn’t the beautiful new facility that hooked me, […] ]]>
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Why Everyone Can (and Should!)… Learn to Draw http://www.teachkidsart.net/why-everyone-can-and-should-learn-to-draw/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/why-everyone-can-and-should-learn-to-draw/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:51:52 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4428

Explaining the importance of learning to draw to art educators is like preaching to the choir. We already believe! Yet we all have people around us, school administrators, parents, and even students, who don’t share our enthusiasm. We need to be proactive in our art advocacy if we’re to avoid having to defend our programs […] ]]>
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