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What I learned from teaching art to kids - a chronicle

There was a job posting for an art teacher.. We were in the "down time" in Bar Harbor. Restaurants closed. Everyone trapped inside. Snow days, Netflix... "I'm an artist," I thought. "I like kids" I thought.  All true. And I have even taught art before! I've worked with kids many times over the years. I led workshops in Brooklyn..  And I was bored. So I applied for the job assuming it was a long shot.  I got it. I became the art teacher at Summer Festival of the Arts vacation camp in Bar Harbor for a week. Here's what I learned: I LOVE TEACHING ART TO CHILDREN. Children make art on their own with whatever is available, without instruction.   The things...

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Aquamarine - I never knew you were so cool!!!!

So, I recently acquired a book from the library and I'm so obsessed with it that I might have to consult amazon... Any who - Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Turns out, there is a legend saying it first came from a mermaids jewelry box, hence the name, and is said to bring pure love.  Not only that, apparently aquamarine can be very healing for the throat and neck. Especially if worn on a short necklace.  16" Birthstone necklace anyone? I don't know about you, but sore throats are still running rampant up here in the North.  This book I'm reading also has some great info about astrological signs and all kinds of cool uses for different stones. Tell...

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more moon stuff

This is what the moon looks like tonight. I just had to to do a quick sketch as soon as I walked in the door. It makes me want to do a single half moon necklace like the second moon in this one, but by itself... Also, right now, the stars are IN-SANE. Maine.  Just before seeing the moon tonight as I was driving home from a movie, I actually thought, "hmmmm, this drive is getting a little boring. Maybe I should make a point to take a road I've never taken before just for adventure, like once a week or something" Then I saw the moon. And the stars. It's still true, I should take new roads every once...

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The Moon in Maine

Ever since moving here, I've felt more connected to the moon. She's just seems more present here, or maybe there are fewer distractions. Hence the inspiration for the crescent moon collection. I love how the simple circles in this collection are like everyday hoops, a classic shape. The fact that they represent the moon is more subtle, like the moon itself at times. There, but quietly, you might not even notice unless you take the time to really look. For most of us, the moon a beautiful mystery. A luminescent planet that reveals as much of herself as the sun allows, and all in perfect rhythm. Women especially can feel a connection to the moons phases, if you just pay attention...

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