Art means lots of different things to different people.
To some it means the typical arts and crafts projects that are all over the schools and the internet.
To others it means art museums and big fancy paintings.
To others it means awful childhood experiences with failure. And that’s a pity because art should be a joy.
Art should be a way for children to learn to think, develop great self esteem and have their creativity blossom.
There are many, many sites out there about crafts and art . Some are great sites while others are simply giving over the copycat instructions needed to have children copy exactly what is instructed.
So, I am on a mission. On a mission guide you on a journey of giving your children (or students) an art education, help their confidence grow, raise their self esteem, make them better learners, and having fun all through art.
I teach art and I can teach you how to teach your child how to do art, even if you have no art background.
You see, I’ve learned that you don’t need an art background to teach kids art. You can be an “art enabler” which is what I was for a while. It was only recently that I morphed into an art teacher.
I’m still not at the level that I can teach complicated art skills and when your children get really good and want to learn more about 2 point and 3 point perspective, shading and more complicated techniques then its time for REAL art classes.(Or you can watch some of the hundreds of you tube videos there are with art lessons)
My name is Faigie Kobre . (hard g)
I’ve been married 30 years (same guy) have 6 children and a bunch of grandchildren. I live in NY (not far from Kennedy airport) and live in an Observant Jewish community. (more about that at Mama Smiles blog).
I have a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the Bank Street College of Education, spent years as an early childhood teacher and then director. I also spent 25 years as a high end portrait photographer. (Don’t try guessing how old I am)
Below is a collage of some of my past portrait work.
Now I’m an art teacher and an art blogger.
I teach in a new, private, growing elementary school not far from my home. We also run an art camp out of our home in the summertime , hence many of the art activites are from those summers.
I also recently started teaching adults, using mixed media art as my vehicle to help adults discover their hidden creativity.
I actually created a FREE pdf guide called “25 Exercises That will Rekindle Your Natural Creativity” that you can download by going here
If you want great art activities for kids there is a lot to find on this site.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey of learning all kinds of great art things that you can do with your own kids (or students) and hopefully they will develop the confidence in art and themselves so important to be a successful learner in school (or at home) today.
I would love to hear from you on this page or on any other page. You can reach me at this contact me page, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would especially love to hear of your own past experiences with art that you feel shaped how you relate to art today.
Thanks for visiting
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