Art is Prayer

“How breathtaking it is to start out on a journey into the unknown. To start off in new directions takes courage, and faith. Faith that even when there are no external signs to indicate where or how we should proceed, we are not lost.”   These paintings are dreams and visions from within, brought to…

Facilitating Creativity

A lot has happened in the past month, so much I haven’t had time to keep up with writing about it all! I taught two faculty paint nights as team building workshops! Both went extremely well and everyone left feeling like an artist! First we painted a lighthouse, because Ridgely is a Baltimore County Lighthouse School,…

Finding The Story

A few Fridays ago I was given the opportunity to take my GT art students to Hampton National Historic Site to see plays that were being put on by students at The Baltimore School for the Arts. Sophomores at the school are asked to develop a project that shows history through drama. These students used the…

Painting with Paul session 1

A few teachers attended the first ever teacher workshop at Hampton National Historic Site. At this workshop, teachers were given a tour of the mansion and grounds, an adaptable lesson plan, as well as a presentation from our first ever artist in residence, Paul Moscatt. After the workshop we decided as an extra bonus, teachers would…

Maryland Education Play Date

Recently I was able to attend an amazing full day workshop designed to allow teachers time to play with digital technology!  It was a time to  “PLAY” with tools and ideas that we’ve learned about but have not had time to explore! I met other educators who have experience using tools/apps/programs in the classroom and gain knowledge from their…

Reflect and Create again

2015 was a year of progress, it felt as though I sprinted to the end! Everything moved forward and fast. I like to write down all of the amazing things I’ve done in an ending year as  a reminder to be grateful for what I have and to be excited for what’s to come in the…

Poinsettias

A poinsettia is more than just a beautiful red petaled Christmas plant! Did you know that it is indigenous to Mexico and Central America! The Aztecs used the petals to produce a red dye and the white sap from the steam is an antipyretic medication… which means its a FEVER reducer! The Aztecs call the plant…

RMS Craft Fair 2015

Every year Ridgely PTA host an amazing craft fair at our school, with over 100 vendors, a silent auction and a used book sale. For the past 4 years I have been apart of this wonderful event, and every year it has been a blast. My students come with their parents, and I get to…

Inspiring Through Art at Indigo 8-6 Day

Ten days ago I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Indigo 8-6 Day at Sonnewald Natural foods farm in Spring Grove, Pa. Indigo 68 LLC is a wonderful organization that should be shared with all. “Project Indigo has many missions, but its primary goal is to raise awareness of the social, economic, environmental, and psychological issues facing…

…Characters are not fake…

We all play roles…every day. The earth is one giant theatre, and each person is a character of a theatrical performance we are all in, called Life. Everyone in every moment is playing some role. Whether its sister, daughter, mother, girlfriend, boyfriend, lawyer, doctor, teacher, student, neighbor… and on and on, it is a role,…

Jellyfish everywhere!

Saturday evening I had the pleasure of teaching the jellyfish painting to some relatives! It was very interesting seeing my parents and uncle playing the role of students. I could tell right away who would’ve gotten an A in my class or who I would’ve had to re-direct to stay on task. Haha. It was…

Dream Catchers

Dream catchers are sacred circles. Being that I am Ojibwa, also known as Chippewa, dreamcatchers have always been a party of my life.  Growing up, there were dream catchers hanging on every wall, in every window, and in the car. We even had dream catcher earrings and christmas tree ornaments. I remember growing up making…