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Elizabeth Buhr
I'm a teaching artist who loves imaginative thinking and the gift that is the creative life.
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It is the end of the school year. I am looking through blogs and Pinterest (Yes!) for engaging yet simple things to do with my students. This is a break for my students. We are purposeful in what we we... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Art Spirit
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We are building our endurance and persistence in all grade levels and specifically in 6th grade. Exploring color through mono printing a series of images based on one of three themes ( the great outdoors| under the sea| architecture). The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Art Spirit
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Here's my plan book. I always fill it out on the weekend so I have some time to think about what the week ahead will look like; where this rotation is in the lesson or unit; what guiding reflection sentence... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Art Spirit
I swim on a masters team several mornings a week. In all of the six lanes at 5:30am there are a wide variety of swimmers. On any given day the adults that show up are a range that spans from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Art Spirit
It is the last week of September. We have been in school for a little over a month. I have seen all 450 of my students for two rotations. This means we spent approximately 8 hours together. A very short... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Art Spirit
Wendell Berry tells us in poem ‘ How to Be a Poet’ to : ‘Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet.’This is about listening; listening to the quiet. Classroom management is about listening to the quiet space... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Art Spirit
I swim on a masters team several mornings a week. In all of the six lanes at 5:30am there are a wide variety of swimmers. On any given day the adults that show up are a range that spans from new swimmers, to people who grew up swimming in age-group... Continue reading
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In 4th grade we are working toward creating personal maps using this resource Reflecting Culture through Art -- Personal Mapping. We started with looking at portraits then creating a portrait of a person using collograph printing. The students and I talked about portraits and self portraits as one way artists... Continue reading
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We are building our endurance and persistence in all grade levels and specifically in 6th grade. Exploring color through mono printing a series of images based on one of three themes ( the great outdoors| under the sea| architecture). The students are now taking three of the mono prints and... Continue reading
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Planning is an invaluable tool in art education practice. Continue reading
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Art classroom routines. Continue reading
Wendell Berry tells us in poem ‘ How to Be a Poet’ to : ‘Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet.’This is about listening; listening to the quiet. Classroom management is about listening to the quiet space between student action and student learning. Now, you might have... Continue reading
Wendell Berry tells us in poem ‘ How to Be a Poet’ to : ‘Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet.’This is about listening; listening to the quiet. Classroom management is about listening to the quiet space between student action and student learning. Now, you might have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Instructional Practice
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Inspired by Fibonacci and this fabulous video, we explored the numeric expression as well as the artists expression of the Fibonacci Sequence. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Art Spirit
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Art can function to inspire, educate and memorialize. Our city has many public art pieces that serve to teach, imagine and remember people ideas and topic that are important to the community. Looking at art work that is not only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Art Spirit
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A challenge in figure drawing is getting everything in proportion. While there are lots of subtle differences between individuals, human proportions fit within a fairly standard range, the basic unit of measurement is the 'head', which is the distance from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Art Spirit
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Dear (Art) Teacher, Remember that you are, simply a teacher. Humbled by the vastness and sacredness of the content you are privileged to have come to know. Perhaps, more or not more deeply than your students. Perhaps side by side,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Art Spirit
Reflective practice is so important. This means that the, as Parker Palmer calls it, community of truth must shift from the teacher to the art. We circle around the art. The art and the art making s our truth. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Art Spirit
Expression from Jesse Brass on Vimeo. Beautiful. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Art Spirit
"The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean— the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Art Spirit
Stopping whatever preparation for the day I’m immersed in and putting on the traffic cop fluorescent vest, finding the stop sign and heading outside for the 15- 20 minutes of busses and moving along kiss and go-ers. Then at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Art Spirit
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Sometimes during the school day, I scan the artwork and the students making it and think to myself ‘…unique and unrepeatable… unique and unrepeatable…’ The second time I heard someone speak about the human person as unique and unrepeatable was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Art Spirit
Art,when really understood, is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It is not an outside, extra thing. (Robert Henri) Art is a quiet possible activity that we are lead toward... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Art Spirit
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Working for awhile, I really wanted to move away from cutting paper. It felt as though I had done this, I had already created what I was going to make using paper. Not so. I feel that I have rediscovered... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Art Spirit
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The Gypsy Fortune Teller Caravaggio’s paintings are particular favorites of mine. How the light is specific, the drama of the scene and the hands off/hands on approach to the paint. I write about this is my journal. I think about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Art Spirit