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Best Books to Read on the First Day of School

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

Best Books to Read on the First Day of School

Art and books are my biggest loves. Starting off any art class is best done with a book, but reading a book on the first day can help gauge a child’s listening skills, introduce art concepts in a lovely way and give the student a chance to get to know you. Watch this video to learn what books I love most…  Here are some links to Amazon to see the books Beautiful Oops! The Dot The Dot The Museum Shape Shift Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature The Rainbow Book Art The Shape of My Heart FREE ART TRAINING Want...

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Design your Dream Art Curriculum

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Curriculum Planning, How to Teach Art | 20 comments

Design your Dream Art Curriculum

The funny thing about heading back to school is that we dread it until we can’t avoid it any longer. Then we step into our classroom, decorate our bulletin boards, organize our brand new supplies and we start to feel excited and dare I say–actually look forward to the first day of school. Right? To keep the magic going, the BEST thing you can do for a seamless transition is to make sure you have your art projects planned. Knowing what to teach on the first day and the second day and the seventh day can leave most teachers in...

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Summer Workshop 2016

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in How to Teach Art, Summer Art | 6 comments

Summer Workshop 2016

An entire week has gone by and the excitement & frenzy of hosting my second workshop has settled and been replaced with warm satisfaction. I love waiting for feelings to settled to determine what memory you associate with an event. When I think back to all the color, community and conversations, the feeling that sticks with me is contentment. I was overwhelmed with the support and gratitude the attendees of the workshop poured out to Laura, Cassie and I. If teaching art to kids isn’t the best job in the world, teaching adults how to teach art to kids is even better!...

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Behind the Scenes of an Art Workshop…

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Behind the Scenes of an Art Workshop…

In 24 hours I’ll be welcoming art teachers, classroom teachers, studio owners and parent to my 2-day summer art workshop. It’s too cliche to say I’m excited. It’s more than that. This is what I love to do. Teach.  Inspire. Motivate. Create. But behind the fun of planning the lessons and playing with the supplies, there’s a whole lot of madness, mess and paperwork beneath the surface… Here’s What Really Happens…. 1. The date you want to host your workshop is never available. Like a wedding, if you want to plan a workshop that can accommodate more than 25 people, you need space. And...

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