Trying is Brave

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This illustration was made by Charlotte Trounce. Stop by her website to see many beautiful maps, portraits, patterns & editorial illustrations!

A few weeks ago I had an interesting experience, which made me reevaluate the way I speak about achievement, the way I look at my own goals, and the way I talk about these things to my students and my daughter.

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Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids

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School Bus Print by Blanca Gomez. Check out all the lovely prints she has for sale in her shop

Imagine you are an art-loving parent volunteering to teach an art lesson in an elementary school teacher’s classroom. You want the kids to have fun, learn a new skill and complete artwork they feel super proud of.

But maybe you’re a little stressed by the thought of teaching 30 kids at once, and possibly trashing the room in the process? Here are a few things I do to make my lessons run as smoothly as possible and motivate better listening. Continue reading “Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids”

“Is Art School Right For Me?”

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Photograph embroidered by Victoria Villasana. Her work is fabulous, and you should definitely visit her shop.

“It’s important to think about end-game goals for your college experience. Maybe you want to make inspiring friends and great connections or maybe you want to master a completely new medium. Ask yourself – what exactly do you want to get out of art school?”  Angella D’Avignon  from Society 6’s  “Should You Go To Art School?”   

Are you thinking about a creative career, and wondering if art school is worth your time and money?

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Coping with Anxiety & Depression as an Artist and Mom

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“Victory” and “Taste Your Reward” by Adriana Vawdrey

“…’You can have it all, but not all at the same time.’ How important it is to take very good care of yourself, of your mental and physical and spiritual wellbeing; it’s hard to do. It’s easier to be a workaholic than to have a truly balanced life.”

-Dame Quentin Bryce

I need to tell you about the year I completely sacrificed my health for a passion project.

It is common for dedicated people to refer to themselves as “workaholics. ” The term is sometimes used in a silly way, but there is a difference between working with ambition and immersing yourself in impulsive project after project to escape other anxieties. From 2013 to 2016, I invented, and obsessed over never-ending piles of work in order to escape the fears and frustrations that came with a big life change. The problems which followed, and solutions that eventually pulled me out of that pattern, taught me a lot about the purpose of passion, the importance of balance, and the real possibility of feeling good again after a mental health scare.  Continue reading “Coping with Anxiety & Depression as an Artist and Mom”

DIY: How to Draw & Color a Tree with Personality

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Trunk of an Old Yew Tree (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

All trees grow in unique directions, so if you want to draw a certain tree accurately, it is helpful to look closely at the way branches split, where the leaves or needles grow, the shape and movement of the branches, etc. Today I’m going to teach you how to draw an oak tree like the one you see below. This lesson is basic but definitely not age specific. The project can be simplified or made more complex to match any skill level.

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Why are artistic experiences so important?

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^ The above illustration is by NYC artist Ping Zhu. Ping made this image for Nostalgics Studio in Hong Kong. She is one of my absolute favorite painter illustrators. Check her out on instagram

I thought a great way to explain why I started Paint Lemonade would be to write a manifesto. Here are 3 beliefs that stand behind every article on this site:

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