Studio News, October 2017

I am honored to announce an award for “Exceptional Composition and Design” from Still Point Gallery. This was given for my “Tree of Life” collages which are being shown in an exhibit entitled “The Art of Structure.” You can see the whole exhibition here https://www.stillpointartgallery.com/uploads/files/current.html

Intersecting Planes: The Collages

http://bowdoinorient.com/bonus/article/7861 CREATION THEORIES Intersecting planes: the collages of Robin Brooks AMANDA MINOFF STAFF WRITER January 25, 2013 Something happens when suddenly we can count the degrees on one hand. It comes with the securing of a hat, the coiling of a scarf. It’s a gaze downward and a shuffle of boots along the path, marking [...]

Saying “Yes” to Children’s Ideas–Teaching vs. Learning

TEACHING VS. LEARNING: One of the scariest things about transitioning to a choice based approach to working with children is a teacher’s fear of losing control.  Many of us are operating under the false assumption that if we control every possible variable, we will ensure that our students are learning. Today, there are whole texts [...]

Rocks, Sea, and Sky find a home

Rocks Sea, and Sky has found a new home. When someone purchases a work of art, it can be like falling in love.  Earlier this spring I received an email from a man who had purchased “Rocks, Sea, and Sky” where it was on display at a local Brunswick restaurant.  He had been dining there [...]

Artist in Residency, Acadia National Park

These are a few photos from my experience as an Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park during their centennial year.  For fifteen amazing days I explored, sketched, painted, and breathed in the magic and mystery of this beautiful place.   There is no doubt in my mind that every season there has its own [...]

Art Teaching: Braiding Strands of Theory into Practice

Every teacher-in-training takes theory classes in preparation for entering the classroom.  Over time, our theories about children and learning become the foundation for our practice–the daily life of working with children in the classroom.  As I have matured in my teaching I have integrated various strands of theory into my own unique hybrid of classroom [...]

Collaborative banner-making with the ARRT team

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/22/banner-making-project-brings-maine-artists-together-for-a-cause/ Bob Keyes from the Portland Press Herald visited our work session on Sunday February 14th to observe our process and talk with people.  In his article, he conveys a sense of what we are all about.  ARRT paints banners for non-profit organizations in Maine that work to advance the Common Good.  I have been [...]

Children and Collage

I have often heard comments from art teachers about the challenge of inspiring children to make collages in choice-based art classrooms.  We know that kids respond strongly to the collage illustrations of Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Ezra Jack Keats, and other visual storytellers.  So what happens when we ask children to make a collage as [...]