With Spring comes the annual convention of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Every year we meet in a different city, and soon I’ll be off to Seattle to join my fellow educators. It is always a joyful occasion, a time for seeing friends and meeting peers, and an opportunity to hear and learn from different people in the fieldRead More
My piece, "Fighting the Mad King: Play, Art, and Adventure in an Early Childhood Art Studio", tells stories of several children I have been privilege to work with in the last few years, and of our adventures in collaborative artmaking.Read More
I’m looking forward to a school year split between Happy Valley and Manhattan - I’m sure it’ll be a good, busy, happy one.Read More
On this trip, I divided my Toowoomba time between the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and the Cobb&Co Museum. I was welcomed by excellent researchers, artists, and educators of all walks of life. There was work in the museum workshop and the university makerspace, lectures to be given, discussions to be had, time in TV and radio production studios, lunches and meetings, - I’ll tell you all about all that soon. Butlet’s start at the beginning.Read More
2016 was a season of much traveling and consulting, with stretches of time in two hemispheres and four continents.Read More
It’s always a good challenge to run a workshop with participants whose language you don't share. It never fails to remind me of the importance of direct interaction, both in long term teaching situations and one-off workshops.Read More
The interview was shot during our exhibition "The Very Very Magic Suitcase and Other Art." It was a wonderful opportunity to share the children's work and the process behind the exhibition with a wider audience. We also heard from the mother of Sahana, one of the artists whose work was being exhibited, and from Dr. Judith Burton, director of Art & Art Education at Teachers College.
#storynotgadget is becoming one of my mottos. I argue that as fancy as our media, settings, or circumstances are, they are important not in themselves but to the extent that they help us give people (in this case 0-5 year oldartists) more opportunities to make their voices heard and to share their ideas.Read More
It's magic, it's art, it's a suitcase.
There's paint and glass, there's clay, glue, wire, and other materials - artworks by infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Come visit!Read More
I played with the snow as I ran, breaking my stride to reach a particularly shiny spot or throw myself in a mountain of fluffy white cold smoothness. And I thought, again: this is just another material.Read More
It’s not how fancy the gadget is - It’s what you do with it.Read More
Mikel wanted to show them his artist statement, a video where he talks about himself as an artist and mentions his flying skills as well.Read More