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A Re-Assessment

Last week, I met a West Vancouver teacher, formerly a Vice Principal, at a gym drop-in. We got to chatting about education and before I knew it, we were talking about pedagogy, philosophy and grading practices. More specifically, we were … Continue reading

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Don’t Diss My Disney

Our household has an interesting relationship with Disney movies. Our older son (8) has numerous artistic and political objections to their work, so while we do watch some of them, our viewing is usually accompanied by a short lecture on … Continue reading

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Picture Perfect

An application for an artist in residence program has put me in a contemplative mood. I hope you’ll bear with me, as this is a longer post than usual: it’s an account of an outdoor project I undertook some years ago. … Continue reading

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I have no discipline

When I was at high school, students were encouraged to find their path in life from a very early age. Career presentations began when I was fourteen, the same year we were asked to narrow down our academic choices. By sixteen, … Continue reading

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On Love. And Pigs. And Artistic Differences.

Yesterday, my boy started work on a new painting – acrylic on canvas. When he started to paint interlocking rectangles, I praised his work and expected him to be proud. Instead he sounded discouraged, “But it was your idea first.” It’s true, … Continue reading

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What are you painting?

When an adult notices that a child is drawing, it’s second nature to ask, “what are you drawing?” It just seems so obvious to our grown-up brains that a child has picked up a pencil to create an aspect of … Continue reading

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On Perfection

Today’s project may not have been my most brilliant idea to date. We bought a Scrabble set from a thrift store a few months ago, only to find that all the tiles were missing. Having racked my brains for ideas, … Continue reading

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His own devices

I continue in my journey of unlearning what I thought I knew about art and children. Or rather, while my knowledge is useful, it clearly needs to be bent into a different shape before it can be applied with any … Continue reading

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High on paint

It’s not all fairies and unicorns here. Sometimes we struggle with our different opinions. My boy won’t let me cut things out and stick them to a piece of spare plywood. He is angered by my desire to use larger … Continue reading

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Piggy in the Middle

Today was a big day: my boy found inspiration and having asked to buy a canvas, told me that he wanted to paint a picture of something real. That is, paint it from life, rather than from his imagination (ghosts, … Continue reading

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