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Arts Advocacy Friday: Check this out!

Sometimes we wonder if art is appreciated in our culture….especially when we oftentimes have to defend the arts in public forums, school committee meetings and among colleagues. This week’s arts advocacy Friday features an article about how Harvard ( yes, Haaaaarvard), along with Yale and other Ivy Leagues are requiring medical students to study paintings… Continue reading Arts Advocacy Friday: Check this out!

being an art teacher

5 Art Teacher Must Dos over Summer Vacation

1.Travel and see Art  You worked hard all year…..get yourself to a museum! There are so many wonderful ones…..find a place to go, grab a sketchbook and meander through the space.   2. Make your Own Art I find that sometimes I need some space from art supplies for about a week….and then I crave… Continue reading 5 Art Teacher Must Dos over Summer Vacation

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Arts Advocacy Friday

Let’s switch up this Friday with awesome arts advocacy Friday. I am a firm believer in advocating for your art program in its own merit, along with teaching your community the importance of the arts with its many connections to all areas of learning. I work very hard to create arts integration opportunities in my school, but… Continue reading Arts Advocacy Friday

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Top 10 Things that This Art Teacher Says all Day!

We talk and talk and talk. Our students listen, even in May. Right? I sure hope so. Here are some of things I hear myself say like a broken record.  I wish I knew this when I first started teaching, because a lot of these things took me years to learn. I hope they help… Continue reading Top 10 Things that This Art Teacher Says all Day!

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FFF: Regina’s Big Mistake

Happy Friday Friends! Here is one of my favorite finds ever….such an oldie that I remember bringing on my job interviews as a resource to share. I feel that Regina’s Big Mistake by Marissa Moss is such a good one, that I read it to every single class on the first day of school. I ask… Continue reading FFF: Regina’s Big Mistake


Inspiration: what words inspire you?

Sometimes I wonder if my visuals are even helping my students, but then I will see a child sort of staring off into space…and say something about a poster. So….alas, they do, hooray! I love a good quote to help myself and kids realize the magic that art can provide. There are so many wise… Continue reading Inspiration: what words inspire you?