ART

Artmaking

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”  Pablo Picasso Art is not separate from life but an endless interaction with life. In fact, the arts have been a part of the human experience since the beginning of time. Our ancestors painted on the walls of…

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Burnout

A desert extends in front of me A plateau of emptiness I feel the burning that comes from being exposed to the sun too long I am parched dry In need of hope. I wrote the above poem several years ago, when I found myself feeling the approach of burnout in my teaching life. I…

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Risk

In a basic sense, the arts are about saying “I,” and what underlies that risk is some kind of confidence in the self. And this sense of self is at the root of all we are and do….This sense of self serves teachers well every minute they are with children, and if the teachers have…

Landscape

Nature

  Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.  John Muir I’ve offered professional development workshops for teachers that provided exploration of the landscape through art and writing. An antidote to the confines of a classroom…

Chaos

Chaos / Order

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”  Pema Chodron I’ve started a new teaching job, I’m in a new town and at times I feel overwhelmed by the unfamiliarity of everything. It’s as though I’m spinning in constant motion with seemingly little direction. Chaos runs rampant.  In a moment of silent…

Beauty

Beauty

 “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Jalal ad-Din Rumi  (Persian Poet and Mystic, 1207-1273) My fortune cookie today read, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”  As I often do, I pasted the quote in my visual journal and did a quick and tiny reflective drawing. What is beauty?…

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Identity

“Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one’s inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together. The entanglements I experience in the classroom are often no more or less than the convolutions of my inner life.…