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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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"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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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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Perfection

-+*“The Per­sis­tence of Mem­ory” by Sal­vador Dali I thought I would start off the New Year (like so many peo­ple do) with a New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion.… to become less of a per­fec­tion­ist. Now I know that a goal is sup­posed to be spe­cific and mea­sur­able, and this is nei­ther, but I think I will still be […]

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Inspiration for a New Year

-+*Copy­right 2008, Sim­ple Truths I love a good quote! It’s amaz­ing how words can inspire, encour­age, moti­vate, and even change lives. Here is one of the many quotes that has done this for me: “Enjoy the lit­tle things, for one day you may look back and real­ize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault Whether you […]

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And He Thought the World Didn’t Make Sense Then!

-+*“Syl­vette” by Pablo Picasso “The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pic­tures that do?” ~Pablo Picasso By the way, this paint­ing sold a few months ago in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia for 6.9 mil­lion.… Maybe when it comes to art, mak­ing sense is not the point???!

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Creativity takes courage!

-+*“Cre­ativity takes courage.” ~ Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) Still Life with Fruit by Henri Matisse French painter, Henri Matisse, is con­sid­ered to be one of the most impor­tant artists of the 20th cen­tury. He tells us that “Cre­ativ­ity takes courage,” and he should know! His flat shapes, expres­sive abstrac­tions and vivid use of color […]

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