What I learned from a year in elementary school.

I spent part of every week as the art teacher at my kids' elementary school last year. It stretched me in new ways and opened up teaching to younger grades. While teaching design to college students continues to help me learn and mentor, teaching art worked on my creative side. I was using techniques I hadn't practiced in twenty years and I was inspired by the talent of many of the children. Most children aren't afraid to try techniques and many jump in totally whole-heartedly. This can lead to major messes and plenty of creative exploration. Transitions are not always easy for me, so as I look back I find myself questioning. Why did that happen the way it did? What should I take from that e

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