"Jillian isn't sick - she's a dancer."
Today, the world feels a little more gray. Yesterday, August 21, 2020, Ken Robinson passed away and we lost a champion of creativity, art, and children. I write this with tears filling my eyes and a heavy heart for a man I never met who nevertheless is one of the people that most made me the teacher I am today. He looked out for children like me and young people everywhere. As artists and art educators, we know that it's our job to make the world a bit more meaningful and colorful even when it doesn't feel that way. So please, keep making art, keep advocating for children and creativity, and in those ways keep making the world a better place doing what you do.
Please watch or re-watch his first TED Talk which first introduced his work to me and inspired so, so many of us in his honor. Thank you, Ken, for your art - your words, your work, and your ideas. We will miss you dearly, but your art will live on forever. 🎨🎭🩰🎼
"We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating our children." - Sir Ken Robinson
I'll mostly be blogging about my experiences teaching. I teach a class online right now called Teaching K12 Art Online where I'll be exploring art online with art teachers. I also currently teach a (formerly?) face-to-face course called Visual Culture: Investigating Diversity & Social Justice which is an art, critical writing, and research course for undergrads. Before this, I taught a class called Art Curriculum & Concepts for Teachers where I was experimenting with cooperative & creative teaching integrating art and "going gradeless" with preservice early childhood education majors.