The Critical Work of Teachers, as told by Vivian Paley

Vivian Gussin Paley at 92Y Wonderplay Conference 2008 (follow this link to her keynote speech) If you are someone who cares about what goes on in schools, please watch this short keynote address by one of my education heroes, Vivian Gussin Paley. She explains the absolutely essential role of play in a child’s life and learning, [...]

Why I teach art the way I do–A Q & A session with Ms. Brooks

Dear parents and interested others:  I am addressing this post to you, the parents of my students. I want to help you understand why I teach art the way I do. Prior to joining the staff at Williams-Cone I spent eleven years cultivating relationships with the community at Lincoln School in Augusta. Before that, I was [...]

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

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 [...]