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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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How to Draw Out the Very Best Artwork from Your Students

How to Draw Out the Very Best Artwork from Your Students

I first fell in love with kids’ art long before I ever became an art teacher…. I think I’ve always been attracted to it. Truth be told, I pre­fer kids’ art to most of the art that adults make! I love its spon­tane­ity, its expres­sive­ness, and its hon­esty. Kids’ art is charm­ing, orig­i­nal, and delight­ful…. except when it’s not. […]

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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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