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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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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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