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Art teachers blogging all around

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Take a look at what art teachers are doing all over the planet(click on the title above).... Here's a little garden eye candy for you above...I will post more soon, working hard on two new picture books, one on artist from the past, Rosa Bonheur.

She blogs, too.

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Illustration Friday - Stay

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We're just back from a weekend in the mountains. I wish I could STAY up there!

Rosa Bonheur, My latest Favorite

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Rosa Bonheur was born in France in 1822, the oldest of four children. Her father was a painter, who taught his children all he knew about drawing and painting, as there were no art schools that allowed women. He belonged to the St. Simonians, a socialist group which believed in the equality of men and women. Rosa was brought up with an unusual amount of freedom for a girl of that time. She loved animals from the beginning. When her mother Sophie saw she was having trouble learning the alphabet, she suggested Rosa draw an animal for each letter. Rosa was hooked. Rosa spent a great deal of time drawing out in nature, at horse stables, slaughterhouses, and butchers. She preferred wearing pants and keeping her hair cut short, certainly more practical for the work she was doing, but so unusual in those days that she had to get a permit from the French police to wear pants! The Horse Fair, above, was her most famous painting, especially popular in England and the U.S. Many American schoolro…

Illustration Friday - Remedy

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...for those hot summer nights. How about a margarita?