Learn me Hard, Learn me Right

Learn, Grow, Share, and Serve.
These are the explorations and philosophies of an on going student of Art Education
A young child is a whole person, as whole at an early stage of life as an adult is whole at a later stage. This means that children are not lesser beings; they are simply at an early stage of life, the all-important formative stage.


"i’m sad and idk how to feel better"


"i don’t know what to draw"


"i always mess up"




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Nobel-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill on happiness, hard work, and success – fantastic letter of tough love to his unmotivated teenage son


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I’ve done this project the last few years but I finally feel like I’ve perfected it. I like to do this in the beginning of the year to loosen up kiddos who may lack some drawing confidence. The idea is to start out drawing from a distance and move closer and closer, gaining a bit more control each time. Before this exercise we do some blind and modified contour drawing so they know what to look for. 

I start by taping sharpies to dowel rods and then marking the dowels at every 6 inches. I set up flowers and have the kids tape tracing paper to drawing boards that are set on easels.

For the first drawing they hold the end of the dowel and extend their arms- they have to stand a few feet back from the easel. The first one is really pretty hard- I always do an example first so the kids aren’t too freaked out by how rough their drawing is. 

I usually set a time limit of about 5 minutes and then they switch to new paper and hold the dowel at the first 6” mark. With each drawing they move closer and closer to the paper. 

I love these drawings by themselves but decide to do a more finished product this year. I had them choose one or two of their favorites to add color to- either sharpie, watercolor, or both. Then they layered 2-3 drawings and Yes glue on a piece of bristol board. I think they ended up looking really beautiful. Some of them chose to put another layer of glue on top of everything which led to a gorgeous, waxy, almost encaustic effect. We decided to display them with their left over drawings so you could really see the progress from drawing one to drawing six. 


filed under: things celebrities say that the media sweeps under the rug to continue making controversy over them being “awful role models”

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"When he first came to us, he wasn’t talking. He was about four years old, but we knew nothing else about him. Occasionally, he’d imitate the other children, but he’d express no thoughts of his own. He couldn’t tell us anything about his home, his family, or where he came from. To make matters worse, aid workers had further confused him by suggesting hometowns to him— which he had readily agreed to. So we started with a completely blank slate. We drew a house on a piece of paper, and we said: ‘Is this your home?’ And he said: ‘No! You forgot the gate!’ So we drew a gate. And he said: ‘But you forgot the tree!’ So we drew a tree.
Piece by piece, day by day, we filled in a picture of his home. He was still very reserved and traumatized, so the process took over a month. But we met in the safety of my office every day, and we figured it out. It was like putting together a puzzle. The saddest moment was when we drew his father. ‘You have to draw him laying down,’ the boy said. ‘I tried to get him to come with me, but he wouldn’t.’
When we eventually used the drawings to identify the boy’s hometown and find his mother, she confirmed our fears. The boy had disappeared after seeing his father get shot.”

(Juba, South Sudan)


"What’s your greatest struggle as a teacher?"
"I have to be strict to help them improve. But if I’m strict, they think I’m against them."

(Kampala, Uganda)



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talk to kids like they’re people and take full interest in what they’re saying because they’re forming their personalities and it’s really vital that they know that their opinions are important and what they have to say deserves validation and respect. so when your three year old niece tells you that dragons don’t like cupcakes because the color blue is a spoon you better nod your head and ask her to explain more about that. 

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Notice only 20 shades of gray

It’s been proven that women actually have an acute ability to pick up subtle differences in colors

Then I might be a man because I only see like eight colors in all that mess…

thats probably also because like 1/12 men have some sort of color vision deficiency while only 1/255 women do so

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Ferguson’s public library welcomes students and teachers this week, while schools are still closed. 

This is why we’re teachers.

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Craftsy eGuide Giveaway: “Drawing the Human Body, A Primer!”

Craftsy is sponsoring Supersonic this week and today they’re offering a FREE downloadable eGuide, Drawing the Human Body, A Primer.”

This awesome eGuide covers a ton of ground dealing with the often troublesome issues of drawing the human body from hands all the way down to feet.  The eGuide includes plenty of step by step instructions as well as example drawings.  I’ve spent ages in the past looking for something like this online.  Craftsy’s classes and eGuides never expire so that you can visit and revisit them time and time again.

To download your free “Drawing the Human Body, A Primer” eGuide just head on over to Craftsy and Register.  It’s free! 

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Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.
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