Staying Connected to my students during the COVID-19 Outbreak

I was reading a friend’s Poem of the Day blog on Blogger and rediscovered a blog I started during my time at Lincoln School. Now that we are all working from home, children and teachers alike, we need to figure out ways to stay connected. I’m thinking that this blog might work for posting student […]

Winter Work

People Plus Center on Union Street in Brunswick is hosting Winter Work, an exhibit of fifteen landscape-inspired artworks through February, 2020 at the Center. I’m delighted to offer this sampling of works inspired by my explorations in the midcoast area, from the Frank J. Wood Bridge and Bowdoin Mill to Mackworth Island and Gilsland Farm, […]

Safe Knees in Tai Chi

Dear Qi Friends, A while back I promised to share a video I found on Youtube about keeping your knees safe while practicing tai chi. Here it is. Let me know if you find it helpful. I hope you are finding time to practice during these beautiful summer days.

Spring Newsletter–Be soft like water, strong like a mountain

In Friday’s Tai Chi Easy™ practice group at the Greenhut Studio I mentioned some brief passages about the nature of water from the Tao Te Ching, also known as The Book of the Way. Supreme good is like water. Water greatly benefits all things without conflict. It flows through places that people loathe. Therefore it […]

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The Cloud in the Paper–Reflections on the Small Universe

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and teacher, known to his students as Thay, wrote: If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain: without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make […]

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 […]

Tai Chi Year in Review

Dear Tai Chi Friends, My tai chi journey has been remarkable and full of unexpected gifts.  To each of you, I offer this Metta, or loving-kindness prayer.  It can be said internally while sitting quietly. You start with the pronoun “I,” then repeat the prayer using the pronoun”You”  while visualizing a loved one. Next you […]

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 […]