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About Renee Lannan's blog

I live, write, teach and enjoy life from a place of hope and a belief in miracles from seeing first-hand the depths of redemption

3 Reasons Why You Should Still Garden (even when you don’t really have time to do it well)

#1. Your garden going a bit wild leads to some pretty cool things.
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Abstract Drawing Lesson, Week 4

Designed for week 4 of the drawing unit for Classical Conversations, this lesson uses students’ faces–realistic or cartoonish representation–as inspiration. Continue reading

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18 Things I Didn’t Do This Summer (Is Summer Mom Guilt A Thing?)

Ever feel like fitting in the fun of summer is like playing a game of Tetris?
There’s never enough time! Everything you say yes to is an intrinsic no to something else. It’s just true.
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Upside-Down Drawing, Week 3

The biggest impediment to drawing is our assumptions. We often miss the actual size or shape of a line or area because we get stuck or intimidated about what we think it should look like. The idea behind having kids draw an  is … Continue reading

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Mirror-Image Drawing, Week 2, Classical Conversations, Native American

I don’t think anyone can learn to draw well without the foundational principles discovered in mirror image drawing. The longer I teach drawing, the more I am convinced this lesson is key. Continue reading

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Basic Shapes Drawing Lesson, Week 1, Classical Conversations

Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to draw a Narnian centaur using the OiLs method, aimed at Masters level students (ages 10-11). Continue reading

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Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farms, Review

The Spoutwood Farm Fairie Festival takes place Friday through Sunday on a weekend close to May 1, in Glen Rock PA, on a sprawling, hilly farm. Whether you’re like me and value the whimsy of such an event for your kids to enjoy, or you like cosplay or all things natural, artsy, woodsy or fantasy, this is a unique festival that appeals for a variety of reasons.

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