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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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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 […]

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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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