The terrace garden: a snapshot

Having moved into a waterside condo this past year was a big decision… where do I put my summer energy if I have no garden to play in? We’ve planted a few small things this year: tomatoes, eggplants, kale, peppers, herbs… they are growing slowly.

Goya Squares – Thinking of what I might do next…

Over two years ago I was challenged by a drawing teacher in an exciting way: He called them Goya Squares. He cut-up (photocopies) of Goya & Durer etchings into small 1" square(ish) pieces so we couldn't recognize the original artwork. He captured my curiosity when he suggested we don't look for the original these pieces … Continue reading Goya Squares – Thinking of what I might do next…

Creative Block – Let Inspiration find you

I'm not complaining, but it's been a struggle to get creative lately; I have lists and post-its full of ideas, but just don't feel like making them happen. Well, that's not entirely true... I lack the motivation to make them happen. Instead, I find myself filling the creative emptiness with TV, retail therapy, reading (sadly, … Continue reading Creative Block – Let Inspiration find you

Getting Back on The Horse – Where to start?

It feels like months since I've written anything personal and made any personal artwork. All my mind, time, and energy has been dedicated to teaching and finishing my BFA Specialization in Art Education & Teaching License. My overthinking and imposter syndrome fiercely kicking in during evaluations, which went over with great responses from my mentors … Continue reading Getting Back on The Horse – Where to start?

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Three: Creating a classroom of self-motivated learners

In Part Two, I set a draft of my core values. I keep coming back to them in hopes that I can clarify what motivates my teaching philosophy. I'd like to break them down for you here and invite you feedback/questions... 1 - Building upon perspective & experience over right or wrong leads to open-mindedness. … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Three: Creating a classroom of self-motivated learners

Community Rhythms – Teaching how to make a soundscape

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Artists draws hyper-realistic drawings using only a Bic pen

youtube.com/watch A good friend sent me this and I have already added it to my art resource library for teaching. As a bonus, the journalist mentions how much money this amazingly skilled artist can make, which would probably incentivize some of my more cynical teen students. But the teaching magic comes in the way she … Continue reading Artists draws hyper-realistic drawings using only a Bic pen

A little good news — about traditional crafts and sustainability

youtube.com/watch Watch this short, moving, fascinating, and illuminating video on how corks are made. Ever wonder if we are trying too hard to reinvent the wheel? I do! Traditional crafts had little to no choice about being sustainable! Wait until you get the number of corks these farmers produce daily and by hand!!!! We really … Continue reading A little good news — about traditional crafts and sustainability

A little good news — about the Pacific garbage patch

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/20000-pounds-of-trash-removed-from-pacific-garbage-patch/

Transformative Artistry — Antoni Gaudi

youtube.com/watch A few nights ago, in one of our long, winding, and intellectually indulgent conversations, my good friend Marcel and I were dreaming out loud about possible work relocations. I eventually came around to discussing Barcelona as a place I could see my family being right now and staying into retirement. I gave some practical … Continue reading Transformative Artistry — Antoni Gaudi