Express Yourself! Paper Masks Inspired by Japanese Noh Masks This summer while researching projects for my seventh grade art class, I came across these Japanese Noh masks.  They are quite expressive and beautiful, while maintaining their simplicity.   Noh classic Japanese dance theater is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. The Japanese theater

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My New Tutorial Video: How to Draw a Dog! OK- time to try something new. I just uploaded a video of mine detailing how I drew my dog Paige.  Three hours of drawing boiled down to 12 minutes.  Topics include using appropriate reference material, how to shade fur and specific details on how to draw the eyes in a realistic way. Here

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 "It got worse by the minute.  It seemed like nothing could stop it."   I painted this image while listening to news reports of terrorism, wars, and general atrocities I can't mention here.  I couldn't help but think about the quote "Evil prevails when good people do nothing".  I considered how much strength and determination it takes to stand up and do

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Often when children can't verbally explain the problem they are having, I ask them to show me their work.  It is then, looking at their image, that I immediately understand what they were trying to say.  Visuals speak where words fail.  "Show, don't tell," is our mantra.  The same can be said for how children learn and internalize information. Integrating visuals

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Knights, dragons, queens and wizards... all the making of a great story.  The illustration Knight Time utilizes all of these details- and more- to inspire creative writing.  Visual writing prompts should be dynamic and intriguing, something clip art can not do. Using the three step process outlined below, all students can achieve success in their verbal communication skills as well as

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Science and art make a perfect marriage for illustrations, especially when you make narrative art.  My latest Story Starter writing prompt illustration, I was inspired by chaos theory. Chaos theory is fascinating- we see it every day in life, whether we know it or not.  My latest illustration, The Butterfly Effect, has symbols and meaning directly related to this theory. It

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