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Art Spirit
I'm a teaching artist who loves imaginative thinking and the gift that is the creative life.
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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
When the idea and making are realised, the next step is not really a next step it is more of a consistent act of willfulness. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at from a painted table
Has an aesthtic been lost? Is beauty suspect? Considering how beauty is set aside for content, as though the beautiful. The deep unseen in a work is not to be trusted. I for one, still believe that beauty and content can walk together. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at from a painted table
Because I love this poem. How To Be a Poet By Wendell Berry (to remind myself) i Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet. You must depend upon affection, reading, knowledge, skill—more of each than you have—inspiration, work, growing older, patience, for patience joins time to eternity.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at from a painted table
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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 Caravaggio in the studio within my practice. Writing doesn’t take... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at from a painted table
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You probably have this same student in your class too. They are wiggly, primary aged, have done their time ‘observing’ the class, have filled in a think sheet and are very enthusiastic about everything. Love them. One such student, said the other day when I placed paint on the table... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at from a painted table
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Sometimes when I am working, I think about what I might say in a gallery talk or in the artist statement. Then I quiet that voice. I want to allow the voice of the work to come through on its own. Not to be told what it is before it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at from a painted table
Here I am. This post will seem that I am leading toward a bit of a film studies blog. But not so, simply peering through the looking glass at lives of artists. It used to be artists were all I lived around. Our ‘selves’ were what we accepted about one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at from a painted table
The first time we went to see Terence Malick's Tree of Life, admittedly, I was restless. 'What are we watching?' I thought. 'What is the narrative here?' I tried to engage. There was something about the film that really is a film. It takes its time. It is a mediation,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at from a painted table