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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 […]






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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. […]






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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 […]






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