Learning to Teach

IMG_3679Learning is an integral part of being a teacher. As my dear ole ma has said, “you can’t teach what you don’t know”, and as I am learning, I can’t KNOW what I don’t learn…yeah I doubt anyone will quote me on that profound statement either. But it’s true, no matter what your curriculum, your standards, the frameworks, you must first know what you are talking about. Common sense right? Yeah, maybe. Although I’m certain there are loads of teachers who ‘fake it till they make it’, just getting through to just get by.  I know I’ve pulled lessons from way out in right field not sure of any clear end in sight, and largely learned from unpreparedness how important it is to KNOW your subjects.

Teaching lesson 101- BE PREPARED! And not just for your own self, but for your precious STUDENTS! We have an ability to create INFLUENCE, to sharpen minds, even if it’s just one!

It was Einstein who said

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

So if you ever think that teaching younger minds is a limitation on your own abilities…Well, think again. It takes a lot of skill to get to THEIR level. They may be little but they are capable of extraordinary things, and have an amazing capacity to not only store information but to respond, and apply such knowledge.

Teaching is humbling, if you are humble enough to recognize your own limitations.

Our jobs as teachers are more than just to teach, we must be avid learners so we can REACH them, then EXPLAIN and EXPOUND and make learning exciting for the next generation of potential leaders, artists, musicians, writers, architects, etc.

I’m so excited about my new job as art teacher because for one, it’s never BORING!

Signing off,

to go observe that blood moon!


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Painting in Boston’s Seaport District

Some exciting things have been going on in the corners of my little world


My cousin to the left, and brother to the right!

NUMERO UNO: I got some T-shirts made to represent SHELSCAPES!

AND NUMERO DOS: Had a great private painting event in Boston

Every event I am accompanied by my brother, my cousin or my husband! It’s a great experience for all of us as we are introduced to new faces and places, and always leave inspired by the creative process!

Hope you enjoy the pictures of this private event held at Salvator’s Restaurant in Boston’s Seaport District.

When in town it’s vital to SEE the city and not JUST work in it! We walked along the harbor, hopping in and  out of restaurants, mostly overlooking the water, with a crowd that was business casual. Our matching collarLESS Shelscapes shirts were definite head turning attire. 😉

I loved visiting the World Trade Center Boston which “offers one of the largest regional venues for international trade and business meetings, exhibitions and conventions.” The flags and architecture of the building, as it sat above a busy downtown street showcased elements of art and principles of design I have learned and work hard at teaching others about.

I love what I do because I am always learning amidst the process, and watching people learn too.

So in the words of Einstein “Creativity is contagious, pass it on!”

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New Year New Class Offerings!

Happy New Year! Shelscapes has been doing lots of private events these days! If you are interested in hosting a private paint night, our newest location is the MEG building in Saugus. A perfect location for painting classes! Please let us know of the event you wish to host at least two weeks in advance!

Shelscapes tree at the MEG Tree Lighting Festival