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 Project: 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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]