I had the joy of leading professional development up in Elizabethtown, KY this past week. Even though I had to leave my house at 4:30 am (time zone difference) ha ha. I was there leading PD in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. It was so nice to return, and get to see everyone's face this time around!! We had a jam packed day of art making & conversations.
July 31, 2022
July 24, 2022
When I tell people I studied watercolor in college, they usually respond with, "Watercolor!? That is really challenging?" I didn't actually think of it like that when I was in school. Everything had challenges that had to be learn & experience. Honestly, I really stuck with watercolor because it was too expense to switch over to oil or acrylic (for my non-Art/Art Ed friends...they require totally different brushes & supplies). I was paying for college myself, and money was a major factor in my choices. I committed to watercolor..no matter the reason. I was going to see it through. However, many people feel watercolor is challenging because you can't really take back the marks you make(not easily at least). With oil you can remove the paint & acrylic you can paint over, but when you paint with watercolor you are making a commitment.
July 17, 2022
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35
July 10, 2022
As an art teacher, I often find myself reminding my students that "GOOD ART TAKES TIME". For some reason, they want to race through their projects to be the first one complete. In the rush to finish, their art work truly suffers. They are messy, incomplete, lacking detail, and not fully developed in concept & composition. I will first tell them to look at their work HONESTLY and see if it is truly their best. If they can see it is not, I will have them go back and fix it up. If they tell me it is their best work, then I will take them through the different parts of their picture that might need their attention. Sometimes during their attempts to complete their work ( the second time), I will hear them complain about something being too hard or that they "can't" do it (reasons why they may have rushed the first time....frustration & lack of confidence). They need to move past the mental blocks of "TOO HARD" & "I CAN'T". They aren't just words, but a mind set that traps young artists. This prevents them from finding joy & success in creating. I can reteach the lesson/concept, work individually with them, and answer questions they might have, but what will benefit them the most is continuing to try their best and being able to work through their frustration. There is an endurance in art that some do not consider. Being an artist is like a marathon runner. Time, practice, and pushing through the frustrations will yield reward.
July 03, 2022
If you spend much time with an artists/art teachers, you will notice something about their hands. They always seem to have evidence of their work on them. I personally do not reserve it for my hands only(unfortunately). My shirts, pants, shoes, face, hair, arms...all tell the story of my work and what I'm investing myself. A good artist or art teacher is often so involved with what they are doing, that they do not pay attention to such things. It is just not a real priority. Their priority is doing what they're passionate about...what they were created to do. Just look at their hands and you will see the evidence.