Monthly Archives: September 2010

Thinking about Arts Integration

Having difficulty planning arts integrated art explorations successfully into your classroom? Here is a conversation with one of my Apprentice II students, Callan Blank and how she came to her realizations about designing arts integrated lessons in an elementary classroom. (Thanks Callan for giving permission). Enjoy our journey!


Here are some images that inspired Callan’s thinking.

Voices from the MET

Any museum can invite you to look. A great one changes the way you see. Anonymous
Your individual and group experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC should include 1) using a Family Guide to explore an area of the museum, 2) uncovering the depth of MET resources by using an Explore and Learn Guide from the MET website. The Art Project for your visit is a Conversation with a work of Art which will be posted here on this blog, so each of you can hear the voices of the various conversations that can occur at a museum! Here are the parameters for your conversation:

  • —Select a work that captures your attention – imagination



  • —Record the information about this work-Title, time, medium, artist/culture



  • —Look carefully…

    Use Visual Thinking Strategies for engaging in the dialogue with the work of art.


      • —Record your interaction with the work. Write for ten minutes…thoughts, feelings…other ideas that pop in your head…







      • Clean up your writing. Don’t edit ideas, just the writing









        • —Look for the image on MET website









  • —Send response to my blog! Remember to add your name/cohort




What we learn from out children

I love wordpress…but I have had a nagging problem that I could not solve. Solution….My daughter Nikki! She is home for the weekend and in about 5 seconds, literally, she solved my problem. WOW! Now I can download my files and documents directly into wordpress without going through googledocs first. I am in the process of upgrading all posts, so feel free to visit again and more easily get the “handout”.

But it got me thinking about all we learn from our children. My three have taught me so much and I continue to learn more from them each day. My learning extends to my nieces and nephews as I am a participant observer in their lives, watching them grow into amazing young adults. Many thanks to each of you.

A goal of parenting is to “pay attention” to be a mindful observer in the lives of our children, to ask them questions, wonder along side them, and ultimately rely on their acquired knowledge and skills as they become adults. I see so many parts of me in their lives (check out Nikki’s pintrests or, but now I see so much of them in my life. A very special thanks to the three of you…