“Strength is being able to stand in the same room as your trigger while not letting it get to you like it holds all the power.” By Kayil York Perhaps this is a good definition for maturity. As I see it, I’ve learned to let some things go by starting to not react to whomever, … Continue reading Saturday’s Surprises #16: Talk to the hand!
“Once we give up being attached to physical possessions, we find the time and freedom to follow bigger dreams.” By Joshua Becker Hmmmmm… let’s consider how it feels to have something new and expensive that we could hardly afford. Some of us worry a lot about it getting damaged or lost. We fret and do … Continue reading Friday’s Frequencies #16: 1-800 -GOT-JUNK?
In a recent peer workshop, one of my fellow student-teachers proposed making paints out of sustainable materials. No stranger to making watercolours and ceramic stains out of natural pigments, I was intrigued by how she would turn these into "acrylics". I took careful pictures of the recipes (she took from the internet): coffee grounds and … Continue reading Making Colours Workshop
“The more you let go, the higher you rise.” By Peace Whisperer A gentle reminder to not get attached to things, including ideas, thoughts, and feelings. An unfettered being remains open to every new opportunity. Perhaps unrealistic to most of us, but we can still practice this in part throughout our lives. I recently got … Continue reading Thursday’s Thoughts #16: The Magical Fruit isn’t what you think it is.
So, I felt I wasn't quite finished with these Goya squares (I'm still unsure if I am) and had this one leftover that had a foot and bit of an arm on it. in my imagination, it turned into a pair of fish. Then there was one that contained a bit of a face, the … Continue reading Goya Squares Project: Nobody Lies Here – Unknown in Live and Death
“Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it.” By unknown Another perspective on an irrefutable truth. Wanting or not wanting to do something is just external motivation. Stop thinking about what needs to be done and do it. Stop feeling and judging, and you will find no … Continue reading Wednesday’s Wisdoms #16: Must Do It!
Following the Beelzebub & Bob drawing, the teacher suggested I try again, only this time with only one of the Goya squares. So I did. I now had a couple of Pixma fine point pens to work with, instead of that silly metal nib and inkwell. I stared at the Goya square. I stared at … Continue reading Goya Squares Project: Imagining Space in 1950
RATIONALE: The Students are in a community art program, ages 5 to 7 years old, multi-lingual, multi-cultural.The students will demonstrate the ability to express a unique vision of their own reality.The students will demonstrate the ability to let go of outward observation and trust their inner process (instincts & imagination) while freely exploring the materials. Modigliani … Continue reading Teaching Tuesdays: Subtle Tones Lesson Plan
“Finding yourself is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. Finding yourself … Continue reading Tuesday’s Triumphs #16: Where was I now?
Oh, how I didn't want to do this project at first! Really, I didn't understand the directions. I mean, take these small poorly photocopied and cut up pieces of famous Goya etchings and extrapolate the lines outward into whatever vision comes to you. Oh, and we have to use a dip-pen with metal nib and … Continue reading Goya Squares Project: Beelzebub and Bob