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 [...]

mid-year musings from the elementary choice studio

This photo gallery shows student work completed in the last six weeks.  With three snow days to interrupt our flow, students nonetheless have shown great focus and persistence in creating original works in a variety of media.  My students are working hard to prepare work for our annual art show on March 31 in the [...]

May work: two commissions in pastel

I recently completed these two pastel drawings as commissioned works.   Both pieces are intended as gifts to the parents of a couple who are marrying this June.  The bride and groom wished to give something special to their parents to thank them for their help in planning the wedding and chose to commission me to [...]

A Sense of Place at Circling the Square Fine Art Press

“The show is titled, “A sense of place” and Robins works put me there. Energetic perspectives of trees and light, shapes and colors, textures and lines. Her recent black and white images with broad lines and balance, appear kinetic and monumental. Though the trees tower, they do not intimidate – they are majestic and dancing.”  [...]

Reggio and Choice–Reflections from the Classroom

On Tuesday evening, October 12, my Reggio Emilia Study Group gathered in Portland to start another year together.  We have been calling ourselves the Portland Area Reggio Collaborative, or PARC for a couple of years now.  We are a collection of early childhood educators in the greater Portland, Maine area who come together to deepen [...]

fall happenings

This month is chock full of art events.  I am excited to announce that three of my pieces were selected for Whiteout at L/A Arts Gallery 5, an exhibition celebrating the winter season in Maine.  This show runs from November 12 through December 18 2010.   The opening is Friday, November 12, from 5-8 pm.  [...]

Daniel Kany Reviews “One of a Kind” Exhibit

http://www.pressherald.com/life/audience/educational-excellent-monotypes-at-the-harlow-gallery_2010-09-12.html Here is an excerpt from Daniel Kany’s review of our show at the Harlow Gallery: “The Harlow’s “One of a Kind” is a handsome show of about 50 framed monotypes and monoprints by six Maine artists. It is interesting and enjoyable for the professional, the practitioner and the public.” “I also liked Robin Brooks’ [...]

One of A Kind: Monotype-The Unique Print

One of a Kind: Monotype-The Unique Print An Exhibition of Six Printmakers at the Harlow Gallery Claudia Brahms-Robin Brooks Corliss Chastain-Christine J. Higgins Marguerite Ogden-Kris Sader September 2-September 26, 2010 I studied monotype printmaking at Parsons School of Design in New York while a graduate student in painting (1982-84) and fell in love with the [...]