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The University Promise – Reality Check

The University Promise – Reality Check
My daughter recently began her school career in Junior Kindergarten and since her school is JK-12, I received a newsletter outlining why I should send her to University. It made me laugh, but it also made me think about how many young people I have interviewed for jobs who are […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Featured|2 Comments

Why You Should Stop and Think

Why You Should Stop and Think
I have been thinking a lot about habits of mind lately; patterns of thinking that we all develop over time. Just like physical habits, these habits are engrained in our subconscious and are meant to be automated, to make our lives easier. Generally, we don’t think about them until they […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

The Trap of Pinterest Perfect

The Trap of Pinterest Perfect
On a recent Q&A after an Artistic Edge Webinar, a participant, a visual arts teacher, helped me to pinpoint (excuse the pun) my beef with art teachers relying on Pinterest for project ideas. As it turns out, it was the same thing that made me quit a studio practice class in […]

By |October 1st, 2013|Featured|3 Comments

Whatever It Takes!

Whatever It Takes!
In the midst of controversy over foreign worker laws in Canada and the USA, the reality of the effect outsourcing is having on our economies is becoming painfully clear. Companies are either bringing in foreign workers who will accept lower wages, or simply having the work done in other countries. Globalization is here. […]

By |May 13th, 2013|Featured|Comments Off

Boredom, to be or not to be?

Boredom, to be or not to be?
I recently read an article on the BBC website by Hannah Richardson about boredom in children and I was intrigued. The thrust of the article was that, “Children should be allowed to get bored.”

As a kid, I don’t ever remember being bored, except maybe in history class. But I […]

By |April 16th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

What is the Difference between Knowing and Understanding?

What is the Difference between Knowing and Understanding?
I recently read a discussion on LinkedIn about this question and it reminded me of why the arts are so important to preparing children for their future.

Knowing in its traditional North American definition, means being familiar with something. Having the facts in your mind. You know how to […]

By |February 22nd, 2013|Featured|3 Comments

Creating Conditions for Creativity

Creating Conditions for Creativity
A recent article in the New York Times by Patricia Cohen about Chuck Close, reminded me of the importance of a concept I learned about in art school called ‘enabling constraints’. Basically, this concept means that constraints can actually enable things to happen. This might seem illogical at first. Most would think […]

By |January 14th, 2013|Featured|2 Comments

What if Singing was Like Reading?

What if Singing was Like Reading?
I recently came across an article on the BBC website claiming that everyone has the ability to sing, even those who claim to be tone deaf. This surprised me and I wanted to dig deeper, because some statistics claim that up to 70% of the North American population claim that […]

By |December 6th, 2012|Featured|8 Comments

The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility
Mindset is everything. If you see problems as, for example, impenetrable brick walls, then they will be. You would not even think there is a possible solution. If, on the other hand, you see problems as exciting challenges just waiting to be solved, then you will start thinking of possible solutions right […]

By |November 26th, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

The Meaning of Choices

The Meaning of Choices
My father asked me recently, “How did your art school experience contribute to your career?” I thought about it for a minute, and the first thing that came to mind was that art school gave me the time to examine ideas and helped me understand where I was at in my life […]

By |November 12th, 2012|Featured, Introduction|0 Comments