a tiny haiku


this is my first ‘make’ for the making learning connected MOOC! to introduce myself, i’ve made a video with vine to show you a bit of my office space/gallery of curated student work and a tiny haiku which is my response to the question, “what is art education?”

i hope you enjoy!

a tiny haiku


5 things

to get things rolling, here are some links, things i like, and some things i’m thinking about. . .


{writing + illustrating a book called, “the dinosaurette,” with my sweet, fun, super hilarious niece}


{the best kind of ice cream date}


{the ever inspiring rachel rose has me wanting to experiment with silk painting}

and, to springboard off of my soul sister, over at bakers and astronauts, here are a couple of things worth mentioning:

firstly, bertrand russell’s 10 commandments of teaching, so eloquently said and touches my soul:

“Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

  1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
  2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
  4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
  5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
  7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.”

(via brain pickings)


 i’m joining said soul sister in the making learning connected MOOC! this will be my first MOOC! here’s what it is:
Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience open to anyone who’s interested in making, creativity and learning. As we design and then engage in “makes” that tap into our personal (and professional) interests, share what we’ve done with the Making Learning Connected community, learn from each other’s experiences, and reflect on our own growth, we’ll be agents in the recursive creation and re-creation of this experience known as a Massively Open Online Collaboration (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, we’ll engage with and employ Connected Learning principles as they relate to making and learning.”
you can read more about it on their blog, sign up on the right side of that page, and then join the google+ community! it starts tomorrow!!!!  fun + making = summer awesomeness!
{happy weekend!}

in·progress. . .

i am working on my level of coolness. this is an in·progress and evolving endeavor. . .

first step: grad school! . . .& simultaneously work on these things (see image):


hmm, might be tough. . .

levels of coolness aside, this is the dedicated space and place where i will document & explore concepts, thoughts, inspiration, constructions, encounters, inquiries, etc., pertaining to life as an inspired teacher/researcher/learner/documenter/artist/art·lover/idolizer of beautiful things/fun·haver/person in·progress, always wanting to know more.

for those readers not familiar with my interests and studies, here is a small introduction:

as a scholar of art education, with particular emphases on the learning that occurs in art contexts during the early years, i am especially interested in and inspired by emergent curriculum, the project approach, pedagogical documentation as a research practice, critical theories of early childhood art, making learning and thinking visible through art·making practices/processes, children as individual and group learners, supporting child development, implications of social and visual culture on art education, child art in general, and my abundantly smart and passionate friends and colleagues. it is important to me to facilitate individual and collaborative experiences where processes of expression, teaching, researching, and learning are in construction and are always on the move. i use my research, experience, and reflections as a tool for learning about myself and for learning more about nurturing young people in art contexts.

i hope you’ll come along on this journey with me!

stay tuned.