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October Inspirations

Lately, my bucket has been brimming over with ideas. I love Pinterest not just to discover cute and clever art lessons, but for ideas to create them.  I’m in the business of creating my own content so I look to my surroundings (and Pinterest!) for my daily fix.

Here’s what’s inspiring me lately…

A simple image often spurs the brain into action. I adore these illustrations of the double-decker bus and the ski hill and the art lessons are already well established. Although I’m not sure what grade level yet….

I’m always on the lookout for a simple approach to teach perspective and this atmospheric grove of birch trees is perfect. And don’t you love the bell jar? I can imagine what treasures a child would place in theirs…vintage books always generate great lesson ideas and why not a jolly fisherman?

Last summer, I took my parents to visit Lotusland in Santa Barbara. It’s a stunning visual experience with gardens that appeal to all your senses. It took a while for this Canadian transplant to appreciate the beauty of succulents and the arid gardens typical of California, but I can now say that I am fully acclimated.

Of course, inspiration is never far away. My daughter painted me a picture of a young girl. I have it hanging in front of my glass-covered cabinet. It’s so delicate and perfect and it matches my purple orchids beautifully!

What has inspired you lately?


  1. That fisherman book looks really interesting! Thanks for sharing.


    October 1, 2012

  2. How about a lesson that incorporates facial expressions like the bull in “Ferdinand”. … my all time favorite childhood book! The bullfighter made me think of this!!!

    Teresa Mallett

    October 1, 2012

    • Yes! Ferdinand! Great literary connection.


      October 2, 2012

  3. Patty, I found your blog at the end of the school year last year and I love it! I’m actually retired, but still teach for three hours every afternoon. I’m 36 years into the profession and have loved every minute. Your ideas are so much fun. You really have inspired me! I’m adapting my lessons to the common core standards and ELOs, and looking at your blog has made it so much easier! Thank you!!!!!

    Rhonda Baldwin

    October 3, 2012

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