Philosophy – TeachKidsArt a resource for teaching art to kids! Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Letter to a First Year Art Teacher – Practical Advice from the Trenches Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:03:15 +0000

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, […] ]]>
Why Sharing a Classroom Might Be Better Than You Thought…. and 5 Ways to Make it Work Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:39:36 +0000

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 […] ]]> 1
Mona Lisa Meets the Oxford MBA Program Wed, 01 Feb 2017 04:02:41 +0000

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 […] ]]>
The Great Tertiary Color Debate Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:19:03 +0000

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 […] ]]> 4
22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:11:38 +0000

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. […] ]]>
Your Child’s Art: What to Save, How to Save It Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:43:44 +0000

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, […] ]]> 1
Why Everyone Can (and Should!)… Learn to Draw Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:51:52 +0000

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 […] ]]> 1
Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part One: Cookie Cutter Art Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:06:17 +0000

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 […] ]]> 9
5 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Students Thu, 01 Jan 2015 04:17:17 +0000

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 […] ]]> 9
How to Draw Out the Very Best Artwork from Your Students Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:32:11 +0000

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 […] ]]> 11