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The A to Z of Picture Books

Want to know what happens after you submit your picture book to a publisher? Last week I attended The A to Z of Picture Books, presented by author Kat Yeh and Rotem Moscovich, Editor at Disney-Hyperion.  The presentation was true … Read More

Five Critical Thinking Websites for You and Your Students

“Kids can’t think anymore,” is something I hear quite often in teaching.  Between Common Core, governmental control over curriculum minutia, and parents who micro-manage, over-schedule and simply do too much for their kids, there is no time for children to … Read More

Use this Story Starter Illustration as Your Next Writing Prompt

Looking for something to write about? Use my illustration, Vegetable Medley, to inspire your next story!

Use the following written story starters and incorporate one or more into your next amazing tale:

  • As the sun went down, he held … Read More

Use Picture Book Art to Write Your Best Story

Whether you are an artist or a writer, staring at a blank page is nerve wracking. We are all looking to be inspired and excited about our craft.  Using art- looking at it for characters, texture, setting and mood- can … Read More

How to Add Texture to Your Painting

There are many ways to incorporate textures into your painting, and I have a few to share.

More and more I am incorporating textures into my art.  When using acrylics, there is no shortage of sands, gels, and impasto mixtures … Read More

5 Maxfield Parrish Painting Techniques You Can Use!

Maxfield Parrish was an American Artist who made glowing images with saturated colors that featured neo-classical imagery.  His first big break as an artist and commercial illustrator was the cover of L. Frank Baum’s  Mother Goose in Prose. He worked … Read More

Oh Noh! Japanese Masks

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 … Read More

How to Draw a Dog, and Other Art Musings…

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 … 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

Apps for Integrating Visuals and Text in a Presentation

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 … Read More