Category Archives: Creative Art

Social and Motivational Influences on Creating Art

“Follow your inner moonlight.  Don’t hide the madness.” ~ Allen Ginsberg Well, summer has come to an end and as the new school year approaches I find myself thinking about creativity and inspiration once again.  I have looked to various … Continue reading

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Inspired by the Songs of Birds

“Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature – the rustling of leaves in the wind, raindrops falling, the humming of an insect, the first birdsong at dawn.” ~ Eckhart Tolle Last summer, I camped at Long Point, a … Continue reading

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Children’s Impressions of Monet

“By the single example of this painter devoted to his art with such independence, my destiny as a painter opened out to me.” ~ Claude Monet Recently the children in my class participated in an exploration of the paintings of … Continue reading

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Art as Meditation

gentle sway of breeze brush of bamboo leaves – music strings the night in gold ~ Mary Grace Guevara http://everydayamazin.blogspot.ca For several months, children in my class have had the opportunity to practice meditation, deep breathing and relaxation techniques as … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lunar New Year in Kindergarten

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” — Chinese Proverb The Lunar New Year, a celebration which takes place between January 21st and February 20th , is a special time that the children I have taught truly … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Creativity in 2016

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton 2016 has been a year of losses, particularly in the arts world – David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and so many … Continue reading

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“I am an Artist” Alphabet

“The alphabet was one thing when applied to clay or stone, and quite another when set down on light papyrus.” ~ Marshall McLuhan I have long been fascinated by the different pencil grasps that children use as they learn to … Continue reading

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Wonderful Watercolours

 ”I do tend to use watercolors – I love the splatter sort of thing you can do with watercolors.” ~ Mini Grey Anyone who pays attention to my blog must know by now that that my posts are as much … Continue reading

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Ladybugs in December?

 We owe at least this much to future generations,  from whom we have borrowed a fragile planet called Earth. ~ Maurice Strong This year began with a very important and engaging inquiry in my classroom.  Usually at this time of … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams, Little Animals

“But I do feel a little teeny right now that I’m just about ready to start, and winter is entering.  Half past autumn has arrived.” ~ Gordon Parks Since the school year started, I have become really intrigued with engaging … Continue reading

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