About Me

I first earned my B.F.A. at Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, and then enjoyed a 20-year career in graphic design. When my son entered kindergarten, my career path took a turn. Our local elementary school had no art program and that was all the inspiration I needed to take up a new cause. I served as a volunteer art docent for several years before becoming the school's Professional Expert in Visual Arts. I now teach twenty K-5 classes weekly in Sherman Oaks, CA and also conduct an after-school Art Enrichment program. With over 1000 classroom-tested art projects posted to my blog, I’m happy to pass on my ideas and experiences to all who would like to add a little more creativity to their lives.

I love hearing from other parents, teachers, and aspiring teachers, so feel free to contact me at kbarbro@pacbell.net and I will do my best to answer them. Here’s a few questions I’ve been asked recently:

Q: In creating your blog, do you avoid using images of actual famous artists work for license and/or permission reasons? 

When posting, I follow the general rule of thumb concerning photos that are not my own, no matter what the subject matter. Links are always accepted (at least in my experience) but copying and placing other photos on your own site without permission is not cool, even if you do credit the owner. 

As far as photos of famous artists and paintings, many are copyrighted so I only insert links to any images that I want my readers to see.