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Ten Mistakes Every Art Teacher Can Avoid

10 Mistakes Every Art Teacher Can Avoid

Over the years, I’ve made more than my share of mis­takes.… and many of them more than once! We all make mis­takes, but we can learn from each other and at least avoid some of the com­mon ones. Here are some lessons I’ve learned the hard way! 1. Doing for your stu­dents what they can (and […]

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"Vincent's Bedroom in Arles", October 1888

Wishing You a “Perfectionism-Free” New Year

As a painter I shall never really count, I can feel that absolutely.” ~ Vin­cent Van Gogh, 1889, Arles Vin­cent Van Gogh never knew what a great artist he was. His paint­ings sell for mil­lions today, yet in his life­time, he only ever sold one paint­ing. What fas­ci­nates me is that he didn’t let this stop him.… […]

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My very first Art Show as a parent volunteer!

How to Start an Art Program at Your Child’s School

The one ques­tion my read­ers ask more than any other is some­thing along the line of, “Do you have any advice for par­ents who want to teach Art in their child’s class?” And my answer is, yes.… actu­ally, I do! This topic is near and dear to my heart because this is exactly how I […]

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Love and Logic Teacher-isms

Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom” by Jim Fay and David Funk

If you’ve ever felt stressed by class­room man­age­ment, you need this book… Teach­ing with Love and Logic: Tak­ing Con­trol of the Class­room by Jim Fay and David Funk. It may sound corny to say that this book could change your life, but it very well might! When I first started out as a new teacher, I felt woefully […]

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Kindergarten art inspired by Dr. Seuss

How to Create Your Own Art Lessons Inspired by Children’s Books

If you love kids’ art, you’ve prob­a­bly had the expe­ri­ence of being totally charmed and inspired by a book writ­ten and illus­trated for kids!  And chances are, the book that cap­tured your atten­tion will have the same effect on your stu­dents… espe­cially when your enthu­si­asm shines through!  Why not cap­i­tal­ize on the won­der and magic […]

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Purple crocus pushing up through the snow with shadows

New Year — New Beginnings

It’s a new year, and along with that comes new begin­nings. Peo­ple often choose Jan­u­ary as a time to start some­thing new, or to stop some­thing that isn’t work­ing for them. It’s a time for res­o­lu­tions and changes. This new year brought big changes to my fam­ily, but unlike res­o­lu­tions, they weren’t changes made by […]

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Murphy’s Law in the Art Room

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on what we’ve learned over the last 12 months. For me, this reads like a “Murphy’s Law* in the Art Room” list! So here’s my “Top Ten Lessons Learned (and some­times re-learned!) for 2009″! *Murphy’s Law: “If some­thing can go wrong, it will!” 1. If you […]

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