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JANUARY 5, 2014

Well, I’ve been at this long enough now to have missed my second year anniversary. I can’t imagine where I’d be now without this space to reflect and to share. Maybe I’d have something new in a peer-reviewed journal. Probably not, though I am working on that.

Retiring this header. I think it’ll always be my favorite. Of course I have no idea what Crafty Cora will stir up next…

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OCTOBER 11, 2013

Happy Anniversary to me! It’s been a full year since I started working on Art Education Outside the Lines. In that time, this blog has become the field journal of the creative activities I engage in with my kids, a space to reflect on my work, and a scrapbook of cool arts and cultural phenomena I encounter. I met the goals I set out for myself at the onset (see: October 11, 2012, below). So, what next?

More of the same, to be sure. More “Picturebooks on the Potty,” “Permission to Play,” and posts on “Teaching Art Education.” And more of other things too. I’m hoping to have some guest authors, other artists and professionals in art and art education with reflections on art-filled parenting. Plus, I’m planning an upgrade so you won’t have to determine where my posts end and where the advertisements begin, and I hope to convince more folks, including my students at UF, to engage in conversations through the comment space. I hope you’ll be with us.

DECEMBER 27, 2012

As times goes by, I feel compelled to clarify my goals and define my audience for this blog.  I started this merely as a space to write. I wasn’t entirely sure what the content or voice would be, I just knew I wanted to create a place to explore and record extended thoughts and observations.  I started the project to reconnect with my voice as a professional art educator, but I realize that that voice is presently inseparable from my voice as a mother and member of the public-at-large.  I have considered pushing myself to refocus on more scholarly writing, but that feels inauthentic. I know I am gaining a small following of folks who appreciate my interpretations of parenting informed by my training and work in art education. So, in the weeks to come, I will be refocusing the project in that light.  Look forward to sharing and hearing back from my readers.

OCTOBER 11, 2012

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I need a scholarly kick in the rear.  Honestly, that is why I am here.

Between leaving my position at the University of CIncinnati and having a baby, I am lost in the world of academic art education.  Not completely lost, thanks to an online teaching position I started with the University of Florida four weeks before my daughter was born in the Fall of 2010, but mostly lost.  I haven’t written anything for publication in a few years.  I haven’t been reading in the literature beyond keeping up with my students’ course readings.  I haven’t been to a professional conference.  But I’m not dead yet.  I can feel the academic pulse still beating within me.  It’s faint, but it’s there.

All of the above is not to say that I haven’t been working in the field of art education.  I just haven’t been getting all meta about it.  I haven’t been writing down any of my reflections on what it means to teach online, though I’ve been talking about the experience with family, friends, and colleagues.  I haven’t been working to position the projects I’ve done in my community, as both a paid consultant or volunteer, within the trends and literature of the field. I haven’t been keeping a field journal of the creative activities I engage in with my daughter.  But I’m ready to start again.

In this space I plan to document the thinking and working I’m doing (in and) outside the lines of academic art education. Wish me luck.  And, let me know what you think.

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