Thank You for Your Class: Journeying the Halls of a Fine Arts School

I have such a passion for beautiful art in schools.  Now that I am a guest teacher and the pressure is off…for assessment or data collection and recording, accountability and frustrating meetings…I am able to simply pleasure in the TEACHING and make observations and soak beautiful moments up…slurp them up…magical moments spring up easily these days.  I would like to give credit to the wonderful teachers who guided these activities, but I do not know their names…so, for the anonymous teachers who lead your students to beautiful experiences, I applaud you!  Perhaps these products will inspire other teachers to the PROCESS…the part of art that is everything!  Annie Smith would have highest regard for the fact that so much of this work is rooted in art history!

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Joan Miro: Off the Wall!

"Escargot, femme, fleur, et etoile", Joan Miro 1934

Automatism…that’s the fancy word for letting go and letting it be…whether the art is rooted in a mark, a feeling, or a dream.  It is a letting-go.  Inspired by one of Miro’s pieces, the grade eight and nine students fell into a rhythm of invention. Joan Miro was yet another artist who was so engaged with the heart of his soul that he struggled.  Yet, his work is laden with a sense of celebration and childlike creation. 

One Wall



I love words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. — Anne Rice