Quotes & Stories – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hearts and Grit http://www.teachkidsart.net/hearts-and-grit/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:36:54 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4998

Four years ago, I wrote a blog post about Hazel McNab, a woman who challenged herself to design a heart to go with an inspiring quote every day for a year. She held herself accountable by posting her journey online. It just so happened it was a Leap Year, hence the name of her blog: 366 Hearts. Well, it’s […] ]]>
Mona Lisa Meets the Oxford MBA Program http://www.teachkidsart.net/mona-lisa-meets-the-oxford-mba-program/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 04:02:41 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4963

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 […] ]]>
20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel http://www.teachkidsart.net/20-interesting-facts-about-the-sistine-chapel/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/20-interesting-facts-about-the-sistine-chapel/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:06:59 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4346

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 One: Cookie Cutter Art http://www.teachkidsart.net/confessions-of-an-art-ed-snob-part-one-cookie-cutter-art/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/confessions-of-an-art-ed-snob-part-one-cookie-cutter-art/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:06:17 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4316

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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/5-lessons-ive-learned-from-my-students/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/5-lessons-ive-learned-from-my-students/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 04:17:17 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3895

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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Wishing You a “Perfectionism-Free” New Year http://www.teachkidsart.net/wishing-you-a-perfectionism-free-new-year/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/wishing-you-a-perfectionism-free-new-year/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 04:30:40 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2603

“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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/murphys-law-in-art-room/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/murphys-law-in-art-room/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2009 20:40:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/12/murphys-law-in-the-art-room.html

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…. http://www.teachkidsart.net/more-about-picasso/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/more-about-picasso/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2009 01:06:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/06/more-about-picasso.html

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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/perfection/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/perfection/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2009 01:04:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/01/perfection.html

“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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Inspiration for a New Year http://www.teachkidsart.net/inspiration-for-new-year/ Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:48:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2008/12/inspiration-for-a-new-year.html

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 […] ]]>