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Through the Keyhole Lesson- My Most Popular Writing Prompt

Teaching students to make inferences is a core component of thinking critically.  Using visual writing prompts encourages students to think divergently, and when given time to look and think about the image, students partake in debate about the meaning of … Read More

Using Art to Help Children Deal With Fear and Anxiety

 “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 … Read More

How Using Your Sketchbook Develops Your Creativity

Amazing illustrations start with a simple idea.  Working out your thoughts visually in a sketchbook can help you develop them into complex, detailed art. Get a behind the scenes look at how I make my art.

There are many strategies … Read More

Dealing with Fear in Children

We can’t control what happens, we can only control how we react.

All parents and teachers must help children in dealing with fear.  How children learn to cope with things that frighten them can make a huge impact in their … Read More

Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland

There is an amazing little book called Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.  I picked it up because of the title- I was intrigued. It confirmed what I have believed for years.  Here are a few of … Read More

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