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20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

If you’re read­ing this post, you’re prob­a­bly a per­son who enjoys learn­ing about art and the artists who cre­ate it. Yet we all know peo­ple who don’t share this inter­est, and may even find art his­tory to be dry and bor­ing (gasp!). Well, art his­tory is any­thing but dry and bor­ing if you know the sto­ries behind the paint­ings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […]

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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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"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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More about Picasso.…

Self-Portrait 1907 by Pablo Picasso Yesterday’s post, “Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Por­traits”, left me inspired to write a lit­tle bit more about this amaz­ing artist… Span­ish artist, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), is often under-appreciated by peo­ple who don’t know much about him.… I usu­ally have to remind stu­dents of “Rule #1″ when teach­ing a class about […]

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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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