My Tai Chi Journey

  Tai Chi and Qigong have been instrumental in finding my way forward. Many of you know me as an artist and teacher of children. I have always loved movement from the time I was little and I have been a student of many movement forms, from ballet and modern dance, to pilates and yoga. [...]

Painting with young children–some tips

We have some passionate young painters at Williams-Cone School. Making paint available very day allows the children to work over time. Look at the pastel colors in the round palette–all from the primaries plus white.   Organizing student work with individual 12″ x 18″ folders allows children to carry their wet paintings to the drying [...]

#Me Too–The Sexual Politics of Art School

What does it mean to be a woman and an artist? How did being a woman affect my experiences as an art student in some of the most prestigious art schools in the country? Now that “Me Too” has exploded across the media, powerful women are talking about the humiliations and abuses they have endured to simply learn [...]

Preserving a Child’s Autonomy in Art-Making

I posted this meme from the Badass Teachers Association three years ago and it is still relevant. When their school work is all externally driven, teacher controlled and directed, children lose all sense of what motivates them. Rubrics like this one (left) have become all too common, especially in early childhood classrooms.  Just imagine how these [...]

Collage and a Sense of Wonder

        My collages often include painted papers, bits of prints, directly stamp printing on the surface, under and over-painting with acrylics, charcoal drawing, and textured or printed papers. How many of these can you see in this collage–Light through the Trees? My work is about seeing, and being “woke” to the wonders [...]

Imagination Everywhere

Stopping by the art room one morning on her way to kindergarten, Harper Marie, age six and a half, exclaimed out loud, “I wonder if you have imagination everywhere?” Harper and her sister Willow were absorbed with seeing what was on the walls and noticing the bookshelves full of interesting objects. Harper’s hands gravitated to [...]

The Five Senses: How We Come to Know our World

As a young child, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, reflected from the Cabana Club pool, my feet dangling in the cold pool water. My summers were spent poolside while my dad worked his summer job of Pool Director. At home, being tucked in under the covers at bedtime. My bedtime ritual with [...]

January 2018 Shows

My year is starting off with a wonderful surge of opportunities to share my artwork with the community. In Hallowell on Friday January 26th, the Members Showcase will open in the Harlow Gallery’s exciting new space. I am featuring work from my 2017 residency at Acadia National Park. The Maine Art Educators Member’s Show opens [...]

Inviting many cultures into the art classroom through handcrafts: weaving as an example

December 13, 2017 “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. -Maya Angelou” A few of my friends know that I once majored in weaving and textiles. For three semesters, I was [...]