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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. If you […]

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Going for the 90%

Most every­one has heard the inspir­ing edu­ca­tion sta­tis­tic, “We remem­ber 10% of what we hear, 20% of what we read, 50% of what we do, 75% of what we dis­cuss and 90% of what we teach.” Well, I hate to burst your bub­ble, but as it turns out there is actu­ally no sci­en­tific basis for […]

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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 […]

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Creativity takes courage!

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 […]

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What Is Art??

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 […]

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What If We Treated Driving Like We Treat the Arts?”

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 […]

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Every Child is an Artist

Every child is an artist. The prob­lem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso Art Pho­bia.…many adults have it, but it doesn’t seem to be some­thing we’re born with. Have you ever seen a three year old intim­i­dated by a big piece of white paper and a huge brush […]

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