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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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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 […]






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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 […]






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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 […]






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