Like most art teachers, my day is divided into two types of classes. I have the advanced classes with students who really enjoy art and keep coming back to learn, … Continue reading My Fluxus Conundrum
I’m going to call some people out here, but I feel something needs to be said. I often hear from educators that they need to “stop their kids from drawing … Continue reading Resolving the Anime “Problem”
It’s an old but true statement: we learn more from our students than they learn from us. But what this one student taught me changed my entire approach to teaching. … Continue reading That time a 17-year-old showed me I was an ineffective teacher
I don’t know about your experience, but I find that as an educator, everyone I meet wants to tell me about his or her high school experience. Almost always, they … Continue reading Whose Classroom is This?
I have made myself unnecessary. I show up in the morning and my main job is to unlock the door. My students flutter in and begin to quickly move about … Continue reading The Art Teacher is Dead, Long Live the Art Teacher
I have already talked about a “closed” lesson I used in my early years of teaching. Now, I would like to explain what I consider an “open” lesson. (I would … Continue reading Open Lessons
I am calling this entry my bad lesson. Don’t let the title fool you. I by no means have only one bad lesson in my last 6 years of teaching, … Continue reading My Bad Lesson