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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“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 […]
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 […]
“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???!
“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 […]
So what is Art, anyway?? Not to get all philosophical or anything, but you have to admit that’s a good question! If you ask 100 people, you’re likely to get 100 different answers. I recently attended an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum titled, “What is Art?”. This question was posed to exhibit viewers who […]
I’d like to share an excerpt from a great book, “The Creative License” by Danny Gregory. This is a book about giving yourself permission to be creative, recommended to me by my friend, cartoonist Bridgett Spicer, one of the most creative people I know! I first read this book about two years ago (I underlined […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!