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In my early days of teach­ing art, School Arts mag­a­zine was my go-to source for art les­son inspi­ra­tion and the best way to keep up with what was new in art edu­ca­tion. Then I dis­cov­ered Arts & Activ­i­ties mag­a­zine, and I just couldn’t believe my luck at hav­ing access to so much great infor­ma­tion just for art teach­ers! Well, that […]

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100 Best Children's Books

Using Children’s Books for Inspiration

Spring means we’re head­ing into the home­stretch of another school year! Some­times we all need a shot of inspi­ra­tion to make it from Spring Break to that long-awaited Last Day of School.  Find­ing a new les­son plan on a favorite blog or Pin­ter­est page is always inspir­ing, but don’t for­get that you can cre­ate wonderful […]

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Purple crocus pushing up through the snow with shadows

New Year — New Beginnings

It’s a new year, and along with that comes new begin­nings. Peo­ple often choose Jan­u­ary as a time to start some­thing new, or to stop some­thing that isn’t work­ing for them. It’s a time for res­o­lu­tions and changes. This new year brought big changes to my fam­ily, but unlike res­o­lu­tions, they weren’t changes made by […]

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Middle Eastern Inspiration

School’s out and sum­mer has begun! I’ve just returned from two amaz­ing weeks in the Mid­dle East, vis­it­ing fam­ily in Jor­dan and explor­ing the mar­vels of this rich cul­ture! The carved city of Petra, ancient Roman ruins and spec­tac­u­lar desert land­scapes were just a few of the many won­ders I dis­cov­ered there. In this land […]

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6th Grade Portfolio Project — Follow Your Star!

I’m espe­cially excited about my 6th grade port­fo­lio project! This project is inspired by an amaz­ing book by author/illustrator Peter Reynolds, who cre­ated the clas­sic children’s books “The Dot” and “Ish”. This poten­tially life-changing book, “The North Star”, is so spe­cial, it even has it’s own web­site! (Check out this site for fun activ­i­ties for […]

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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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Crayola — More than Just Coloring!

Very Vora­cious Ani­mal Voices” from Crayola.com Here’s another great web­site I dis­cov­ered with Art ideas for kids.… crayola.com. Don’t be mis­led (as I almost was!) by the name. Cray­ola is more than just crayons!! Just fol­low the link to the Cray­ola home page, then click on the link “For Edu­ca­tors” on the left. From there […]

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