The Fear of Failure

No one was allowed to see my sketchbook in junior high. To be honest, no one is allowed to see my sketchbook now. It is a collection of halting starts, experiments, some hideous failures and a few hidden gems. Even though we are professional artists and educators we still make mistakes.

The problem is our students rarely see those mistakes. We show the work we

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October 10th, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the technical

Techniques: Watercolors

So you’re afraid of watercolors… People assume watercolors are difficult to control. They are. But no more so than any other art material. Here are some awesome things about watercolor: they combine amazingly with other materials, the paper is also good for things like pencil and pen, they are less messy than acrylic and oil, clean up faster and easier, and won’t stain your clothes.

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August 18th, 2016 0 comments Painting / Teaching the technical

Expectations, Realities & Resolutions

We know how important it is to be flexible in the classroom, to respond and react to the students’ needs and abilities, and be prepared to change our course of action. But this flexibility can work in direct opposition to our own goals as teachers. When we create our classes we structure them around the ideal. What we hope to accomplish, what we hope the

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July 22nd, 2016 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Critique / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Painting / Peer to Peer Activities / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the technical

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