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 [...]

Choosing What to Paint–Easel Painting with Grades 1 and 2

To become painters, children need many opportunities to explore imagery, color mixing, how paintbrushes make marks.  Easel painting allows children to carve out their own space in the hub hub of the art room.  The physicality of standing at the easel and wielding a brush loaded with color is exciting and dramatic.  With the sweep [...]

Choice-Based Art Teacher–An Interview

Introduction:  I chose to interview Robin Brooks, art educator and artist because I admire her ability to connect her teaching with her personal artistic journey.   If your experience with art in school was typical, most of the time you were instructed to complete projects or solve creative problems that were teacher-designed.  Robin and her choice-based [...]

8 x 10 x 80 at the Harlow Gallery

On view December 4-13, 2009.  Opening 5-8 pm, Friday the 4th. 8 x 10 x 80 is a fundraiser to support arts programming at the Harlow– 8″ x 10″ works of art at just $80 each.  I am offering two small monotype collage pieces.  I am displaying Yellow House and Woods, two mixed media pieces.  [...]

Stones, Pebbles, and Rocks; a story from the art classroom

  Drawing with Stones, Pebbles, and Rocks   Who among us has not stopped, on occasion, to pick up a stone in our path?  Drawn by the unusual color, shape, or delicate texture, we bend to touch this piece of mineral which has been altered by weather, wind, and water into its present form.  We [...]