Monthly Archives: March 2014

Painted Turtle Art Shop

  The Painted Turtle Art Shop in Thunder Bay has been my favourite art supply store since I began shopping for art supplies.  I began taking visual arts courses in university in 1994, and was introduced to this wonderful little store … Continue reading

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Using Google+ Communities to Encourage Feedback

Last semester, my students enjoyed using a Google+ Community to discuss ideas with students in Mexico.  This semester, my grade 12 students are using a  Google+ Community to connect with each other, with me, and their student-teacher. It isn’t always … Continue reading


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Craft vs. Art in the Classroom

I used to snub my nose at craft.  For some reason, as I studied fine art, I was convinced that craft had a place beneath art, maybe reserved for those with less creativity.  Oh boy. A few summers ago, my … Continue reading

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Cold But Beautiful

My family and I just returned from a quick trip to Duluth.  On the way down, we noticed how quickly the shoreline changed; the lake is still frozen in Red Rock, but there was plenty of ice shifting and open … Continue reading

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  I always thought that inspiration is for amateurs.  The rest of us just show up and get to work.  If you wait around for the clouds to part, and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, … Continue reading

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How Do You Support Risk-Taking in Your Class?

Many educators agree that risk-taking is a quality that they want to encourage in their classrooms, but it may be difficult to support it in the classroom.  We may tell students that they can learn from making mistakes, but who … Continue reading

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