Teaching as an Art Form

I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion at Bates College Olin Arts Center in conjunction with the Dahlov Ipcar exhibit on Friday, September 6th. There I heard a trio of women present their perspectives on the notion of teaching inspired by modern art. Sara Torres Vega spoke of “Art as a Catalyst for Social [...]

Waterways–All Species Exhibit 2018

  The Waterways Exhibit sponsored by Spindleworks and hosted by Frontier Cinema came down last week. It was a fundraiser for the Cathance River Education Alliance. These are the three pieces I had on display. If you are interested in purchasing any one of these artworks through the month of September, I will donate a [...]

My Tai Chi Journey

Tai Chi and Qigong have been instrumental in guiding me as I find my path–my way forward at this stage of life. I have been making art and working as an art educator since 1979 when I completed my BFA in art education at Boston University. What you may not know is how much I have [...]

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 [...]