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Bookbinding & Sketchbooks in the Art Classroom

SKETCHBOOK OVERVIEW In twelve years teaching I have had every single class make their own sketchbook. This not only teaches them about bookbinding, but it also saves money from your budget. Sketchbooks are an incredibly valuable part of an art class from kindergarten through college. Their sketchbooks are a place to practice techniques and plan…

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Visual Journal Page 55: Bedtime Bear

When I realized what visual journal page I was blogging about today I was equal parts heart warmed and melancholy. This visual journal page is for my Kody Bear who lived a long 13.5 years, but went on to puppy heaven two and a half years ago. Kody Bear was sweet, snuggly *at his discretion,*…

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Visual Journal Page 53: Full Heart, Heartbroken

THE STORY This visual journal page was created back in 2012 I was at a school I knew was a short term situation. After a single year I felt too exhausted to stick it out, but somehow I pushed through an additional two years. My 35 students per class, nonexistent art budget, low administrative support,…

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Visual Journal Page 41: Already on Edge

I was already on edge. I had woken up early, showered, carefully selected my most professional outfit. I was driving on 285 en route to an interview. It wasn’t just any interview. It was an interview at a well regarded private school that happened to be across the street from where my husband worked, we…

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Visual Journal Page 40: A Part of Me

While in college I began creating large scale paintings of women in fancy dresses. I would paint the figures and background in oil paint, then construct intricate dresses out of fabric. I would often take these very high class, traditional looking ladies and place them into an unpredictable scene. A glass might be smashed, someone…

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A tutorial on how to artistically paint pumpkins.

Fall Decoration: Painted Pumpkins Tutorial

After drooling over Alisa Burke’s pumpkins this season I decided it was time to make my own. I thought it would be a fun Saturday morning activity with my little man, but it ended up inspiring a lesson plan. I wanted to test a range of supplies so I could troubleshoot any issues that could…

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