Lucy Prebble on Gaming

I may seem laughably sentimental about what’s essentially pixels jiggering about. But somewhere deep inside when I was little I wanted to be an artist. And a whole art form has developed in my lifetime. I remember for the first time reading: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I remember the first time I heard: “I believe in America. America has made…

I know that look.

This was my 9yo today. She doesn’t get into fights with other kids, just with us — about going to bed, or getting up, or drinking out of a cup with a creepy pirate on it, or doing any lesson other than theater or art. Beyond throwing an eraser or stuffed animal in huffy anger, my daughter is not violent. But that look… victorious and unrepentant, following her own moral…

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Coloring Pages

Over the past few weeks, I spent several hours trying to help keep the little Oompa-Loompas quiet between their rehearsal numbers. The kids seemed amused when I started drawing characters from the show. Here’s Veruca, holding the golden ticket. Some of the younger kids asked for copies they could color. More are on the Art/Architecture Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Lesson Plans page.

James Goodwin Clonney: Mother’s Watch

This painting, of two impish children taking advantage of a moment of unsupervised freedom as their mother naps, is one of my favorites from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, here in Greensburg. The pun in the title intrigues me, as does the amazing complexity of the children’s clothing. The painting was not there when I took the kids to the museum yesterday. I poked around online, and learned that…