A Group Show by Art Teachers: Making Meaning

Dear Art Friends, I am participating in “Making Meaning,” a group show that is installed in the gallery at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth through March 2nd. Tomorrow, Sunday, from 2 to 4 pm, we will be having a reception and you are invited.* For my “away” friends, I’ve attached a photo. (photo credit: [...]

Making a Collage

Robin Brooks: On Making a Painted Paper Collage Market Day collage in process. Here is the finished collage. My collage work is arranged and composed before I use a drop of glue. I often begin with a walk in nature. Using my camera, I take some snapshots. Sometimes I will research a subject as I [...]

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 [...]

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. I have always loved to move, whether it be while [...]

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 [...]

Collage and a Sense of Wonder

      Light through the Trees, Mixed Media Collage, 2017` My collages often include painted papers, bits of prints, direct 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 [...]

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 [...]