Artful Spaces

My home away from home. Where I am free to design, create and share the joys of being an artist.

What does your home away from home look like?
How have you arranged it to be a space that you are excited to go to everyday?

Heather @ TheBeesKneesCousin has embarked on adventure to share creative art spaces, and guess what? You can catch an inside peek of my home away from home by clicking here. I am so thrilled to share it with you and hope you might be inspired to share your creative space. Visit thebeeskneescousin to celebrate another inspired art educators blog, view more artful spaces, and to find out more about how you can share your own.

Have a colorful day!

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For successful transitions…


Inspired by a first grader, this sign now greets all who enter the Art Studio.

Have a mindful day!


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Words of Wisdom from Friedensreich Hundertwasser


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September 16, 2013 · 3:44 pm



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April 18, 2013 · 10:40 am

Signs of Spring

The philosophy of any Visual Arts program that I lead is grounded in the belief that each child possess a resource of natural creativity waiting to be explored, expanded, and refined. As educators, it is our goal to nurture that creativity through our motivational dialogue, classroom environment and, of course, a selection of art materials that are appropirate for transforming our ideas into a reality.

What does it mean to observe? A few weeks ago, I discussed with my students how drawings can be created with our imagination, they can be based on observation, or they can be a little mix of both. Students were asked to spend a significant amount of looking deeply at the forsythia to discover its shape, size, color and any patterns that make up the tall, thin arrangement.

This is a selection from a post on an arts blog that I started on my schools website. For the whole article via a direct link, click here.


Mary Jo

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Screen Shots

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 10.46.53 AM

I was researching Georgia’s work in Google images the other day and was awestruck by this vibrant display of color and form. I had to have it. All of it. So, I captured it with a screen shot. On a Mac you can capture a screen shot too by holding down these three buttons at once: shift + command + 4 . Once you press down on all three keys, a small cropping tool that looks like a bullseye with a plus sign in the center will pop up on your screen in place of your mouse marker. Move your mouse around the screen until you have the bullseye in the top left corner of where you want your image to be framed. You then click and hold (don’t let go!) and drag until you fancy the size and shape of your “shot” and then let go of your click. The image will be saved to your desktop as a screen shot.

Say “Cheese”!

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Knowledge = Exploration x Experience

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment. -Maria Montessori

In the photo above, a 4 year-old child explores geometric forms after discussing the art of Wassily Kandinsky. During Art, children learned about his passion for music, his love of the arts and his desire to unite the two in harmony through color and form. Students continued to work over their collage the following class with watercolor while listening to music composed of a gentle and calm melody.

Maybe my mathematical formula will be fancied by the DOE. Let’s keep the Arts alive.

After all, the earth without “art” is just “eh”.

I enjoy what I do. -MJ

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