A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Last Winter, I was asked to come up with a mural idea for an Elementary school I was doing an internship with. I got very complicated with a university supervisor suggesting I get all the teachers involved, have all the students fill out reflection forms, coordinate a team of other interns, etc... then Covid hit … Continue reading A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

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

A little good news — well, let them tell you in their own words…

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/moleskine-foundation-wikiafrica-education-program-wikipedia-editing-in-african-schools/ Wikipedia does have its challenges, or so the academics would have us believe. Being a public-driven encyclopedia the facts may be questionable. Folks! That's a great thing about Wikipedia! Mark Twain told us to question everything! He wasn't just being cynical and warning us to beware of misinformation; he was telling us to dig … Continue reading A little good news — well, let them tell you in their own words…

A little good news — learning is cross-curricular, so education should be as well

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/teaching-pupils-steam-cambridge-unviversity-study/ I've been preaching this for years!!! Especially in today's world where all info is at our fingertips... children learn more holistically and needs educators to show them the links between subjects.

A little good news — now that gives me an idea for the kids I teach

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/st-louis-first-grader-creates-foundation-for-homeless/ I had a conversation with one of my more seasoned colleagues the other day about what age little ones get inspired at... she gave me a load of examples about her garde one kids... I'd been thinking about it ever since! Then this amazing story comes along!!! I've decided to add some little inspiration … Continue reading A little good news — now that gives me an idea for the kids I teach

A little good news… about environmentally cool art

This is cool Dir several reasons... one, the possibility of experimenting with a different paint colour on canvases, and there's more! The possibilities for architecture that contributes to the reduction of global warming!!! http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/purdue-university-indiana-whitest-paint-for-buildings/ Ok, maybe it's the art and science geek in me, but this is really, really cool!!! (The pun might be intended😏)

A Visual Reflection on: “The Hayloft” by Rosa Brett – The Autobiography Of A Painting

There is far less information written about Rosa Brett than other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. According to Nunn (1984, 633), it was the intention of the artist to be an outsider of this group. Starting with the use of the masculine pseudonym, Rosarius, to her aversion of socializing with the other members who sought … Continue reading A Visual Reflection on: “The Hayloft” by Rosa Brett – The Autobiography Of A Painting

Why a Certification as a Home Educator?

Part of how I've been describing myself as a teacher is being an educator with a teaching philosophy based on STEM / STEAM curricula, Universal Design for Learning, Emergent Curricula, and Maker-oriented education systems. If I had to say what theories/methods I use the most, I would be taking about aspects of Reggio-Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, … Continue reading Why a Certification as a Home Educator?

Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…

I really needed to dive into this one this morning and the only thing I knew was that I needed to start blending lighter colour onto the backgrounds to add volume to the composition. Oddly, I started with some light colours (yellow) on the face vase and then added green to the flower stocks, followed … Continue reading Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…

(Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach

I'm approaching this one very differently. I've been wanting to paint with a pallet knife, so that's the first change. I also wanted to paint directly onto the canvas, without drawing first, so that's the second change. The big change is that I will be painting very thick layers of paint, from the background forward... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach