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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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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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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 […]

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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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