Month: December 2015

Christmas Wish List

As an artist, I’m always wanting the newest watercolor paints, upgrade my brushes, new paper, and other new and shiny tools of the work. I can understand why teens want the newest iPhone.

As I thought about my Christmas Wish List I realized that there were other gifts I wanted for Christmas. I have listed some of these in this week’s blog and not particularly in any order.

  1. The Gift of Wonder: Wonder is defined as: the feeling of surprise mingled with admiration,

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Being a Learner

Yesterday I attended a workshop on making jewelry from Precious Metal Clay (PMC). I had no experience using this material. I had not worked with jewelry design for years.  It was a full day and I left the workshop with two pendants and a lot of satisfaction.

As I reflected on the day, I thought about what I had experienced as a learner.  Based on my own thirty-five years of teaching art and working with K-12 learners I considered my list of characteristics of a good learner.

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Mindfulness and Flow

I have spent the last three days in my studio and I am often so amazed at how quickly the time goes. Yesterday my cell phone went off and I jumped out of my skin. I lose track of time. The time is spent feeling perplexed, frustrated, exhilarated, challenged, but yet at the end of the day I feel satisfied, fulfilled and with a sense of well-being.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defines this as being in the state of “Flow”,

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