The Blog

I have been blogging for over a decade, and my blog has grown into this website. Here you will find articles on homeschooling, Art History, and more…

Because Art is too Important not to Teach

Sustainability

Why I Participated in Plastic Free July…Going Plastic Free

Have you ever bought something new, like a blue car, and then you see that same blue car everywhere? Or someone you love gets pregnant, and then every other woman you pass is pregnant?  It’s like we suddenly develop a hyper-awareness. Same thing happened to me with plastic.  Once I saw the problem I couldn’t

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Art History

Color Crash Course – Part 1

Quick color crash course. Color is one of the foundations of art, and  so we need a basic understanding of color theory. For thousands of years artist and craftsmen have been passing down their knowledge of color and how to use it effectively.  In the 1660’s Isaac Newton began experimenting with light and prisms, and

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Article on the Visual Language of Art
Art History

Entering The Conversation That Is Art.

Every discipline has it’s tools. Writer’s craft with words to stimulate the senses, rouse the emotions, and spark our ideas. Construction workers use tools to make an architect’s drawings a physical reality. Teachers use books, imagination, and dialog to inspire their students to learn. When we want to know more about art, how to read

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Art History

Bruegel Resists, A Painting With Many Stories to Tell.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder was a Flemish Northern Renaissance painter  who lived from 1525 to 1569, dying when he was 44. Of his children, two sons also became famous painters. Bruegel was known for his landscapes and genre paintings. In fact, he was a pioneer in genre painting, or painting the common people. He used

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Article on the medieval Prayer Nut
Art History

Would a Prayer Nut Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution?

I’m fascinated by some of the ‘miniatures’ in art, like the incredible details in manuscripts, or the shading and realism of a woodcut. Another astounding and often overlooked example of an artist working in miniature is the prayer nut. Prayer nuts were all the rage in the 1500’s. Rosaries are a beaded loop meant to

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Art History

Bartolome Esteban Murillo’s Adoration of the Shepherds

Welcome to our 25th day of art on Nativity. This work is by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, a Spanish Baroque painter who spent his entire career in Seville, Spain. Known for his religious paintings, peasant children, and lively street scenes, Murillo’s works were very popular, both in his life time and after. Churches were the largest

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