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Mona Lisa meets the Oxford MBA Program

Mona Lisa Meets the Oxford MBA Program

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 […]

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The Great Tertiary Color Debate

The Great Tertiary Color Debate

The internet…. that great supplier of information at your fingertips, making it fast and easy to find answers and share them with the world! But what if those answers being shared are incorrect??  Vladimir Lenin once said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” (Hmmmm….. did Lenin really say that, or has it just been credited […]

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22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity

22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity

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. […]

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Your Child's Art: What to Save & How to Save It

Your Child’s Art: What to Save, How to Save It

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about decluttering…. paring down all the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years and keeping only what’s truly important to us. So when one of my readers asked me what to do with the ‘mountain of artwork’ his kids were bringing home, it really struck a chord. After surveying friends, […]

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Watch this 5 minute TED Talk for some truly compelling art advocacy!

Why Everyone Can (and Should!)… Learn to Draw

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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Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part 1: Cookie Cutter Art

Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part One: Cookie Cutter Art

A while back, a family emergency led me to take (what I thought would be) a temporary leave of absence from my K-8 Art position. A change like this can offer you a different perspective and teach you some surprising things. I never imagined all I’d learn about teaching by not teaching! But this time away from the classroom gave me some much needed […]

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5 Lessons I've Learned from My Students

5 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Students

As teachers, we spend most of our time focused on what we teach our students. But sometimes it’s worthwhile to step back and reflect on what our students are teaching us. While all of my students have shaped me as a teacher and as a person, a few of my former students have left an indelible mark […]

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