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
It started with a question: How do I dispel the fear some of my students have at making art? Well, I could lecture them about all the innovators and show them dozens of paintings by folks like Picasso, Klee, Modigliani, Park, ect... OR, I could some excellent YouTube resources and let them see the joy … Continue reading Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani
Can I Have Your Opinion, Please?
Introduction: Following another wonderful conversation with my amazing wife, we were discussing "manifesting", "intentions" & "gratitude". I wrote my daily journal today on the topic of intentions. I can more easily get my mind around the focusing benefits of intentions, but gratitude is an elusive and subjective concept. Elusive, precisely because it's subjective. My research … Continue reading What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You? – Day 1
It's been a busy year for creative outputs and there's no slowdown ahead. There's also been a lot of self-awareness learning going on around here lately. Amazingly, a lot of it revolves around the benefits of a more decluttered life. So, we've been contemplating the pros and cons of what to do with all our … Continue reading Clutter or Opportunity? I know what I’m choosing!
Every time I meet my dear friend, Berel we get into wonderful conversations about philosophy, self-awareness, and our passions for the arts. He captures hearts and minds every time he starts talking ab out his passion for singing, Barbershop style. The hard work, dedication, and love he and his fellow Cold Snaps put into there … Continue reading Montreal Music – Introducing The Cold Snaps
We wear masks and often wear masks to cover the mask we only want partly seen. We hide parts of ourselves in shadows to keep up false mysteries. We turn our faces and bodies to de-emphasize the faults we see in ourselves, or to highlight what we like the most. We make-up or tan ourselves … Continue reading All The Ways We Hide
Another enigmatic personage. She grew from some outer source, the muse again, I'm sure. I had already done a few drawings this day and had a very productive day all around, so I was quite please with myself. I was feeling happy and felt like drawing out that emotion. I'm not sure if what this … Continue reading Just, Joy.
I stared at this guy for a long time, before hearing any kind of story. It was very hard to hear his voice. So, I asked him to tell me. He only gave me his little smile. I begged for something, anything, just one thing... That's when he whispered his name: "Finger", and nothing else. … Continue reading Finger
There's a sadness that's deep inside people who feel unremarkable and un-noticed. I've felt this most of my life and work hard at changing that mindset-habit. I've been lucky enough to meet many outstanding and talented people who also feel this way and I am constantly amazed that they see themselves this way. We have … Continue reading Do You See Me?