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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]