Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons

It’s my firm belief that painting and drawing are not only talents, but also practical skills which can be taught to everybody. I also believe it’s never too late to learn (yay, neuroplasticity!) So I bought the book You Can Paint Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons by Yuko Nagayama and I’m very proud ofContinue reading “Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons”

Girls on the Threshold of Math and Science

I remember so clearly standing in the doorway of the computer room as my teacher told me about the new computer club that was forming at our school. I was 13 years old. I had just finished 4 semesters of computer language classes: BASIC, Advanced BASIC, and LOGO (remember those days? Remember the little turtle?Continue reading “Girls on the Threshold of Math and Science”

Circles, Divisibility, and Wonder in Mathematics

I’m working with a student who is having a hard time memorizing his times tables. Indeed, I suspect he does not have a concept of numbers as representing quantities–I think sometimes he sees them as separate numerals, some kind of squiggly code that doesn’t mean much to him. In performing operations, he does his bestContinue reading “Circles, Divisibility, and Wonder in Mathematics”

Kahn Academy is Distance Learning

There is a trend emerging in our local elementary and high schools to use Kahn Academy and other online learning resources to supplement or replace classroom instruction in math. I understand the attraction. At the small schools in the region where I live you tend to see a wide range of abilities in students. ThereContinue reading “Kahn Academy is Distance Learning”

Art, Education and Math–What’s the Connection?

Stickyness. In addition to being an artist I am a math teacher. I often struggle with deciding whether I am more of an artist or more of a math teacher, but at the moment I am surrendering the struggle to explore areas where the two overlap. I was working with a tutoring student last yearContinue reading “Art, Education and Math–What’s the Connection?”

Registration for March 15th Spring Into Artistic Action Block Printing Class is Now Open!

Break through the ice, snow, and winter doldrums with a burst of creativity. Spring is almost here and your muse is calling: learn something new, take a block printing class! Learn basic design, carving and printing techniques in a relaxed, supportive, and playful atmosphere. You will come away with a completed print suitable for framing,Continue reading “Registration for March 15th Spring Into Artistic Action Block Printing Class is Now Open!”

Spring Creativity Breakout Class

Block Printing Class with Tracy Gillespie Sunday, March 9th, 3-5 pm Break through the ice, snow and winter doldrums with a burst of creativity. Spring is almost here and your muse is calling: learn something new, take a block printing class. No experience is necessary! Learn basic design, carving and printing techniques in a relaxed,Continue reading “Spring Creativity Breakout Class”