About and Terms of Use

      Hello, my name is Kathy Grimm. I’m an artist and a teacher living and working in St. Louis, Mo. Prickly Pins is my online journal dedicated to the art and design interests of my textile art students, colleagues and family members. Most of the posts included here will list artifacts that I use in the development of elementary age students, middle school students and high school students. This blog represents a collective listing of teaching resources, observations, articles and lesson plans I developed during my state certification, summer internships and professional development programs. 
      Although not all of the content found here is unique or original, it is sometimes necessary for art teachers to adapt the contents of a web journal for easy access by their students and colleagues. Teachers may feel free to utilize these resources in their classrooms as they wish. However, I ask that you not propagate the jpgs. on alternative public websites because many of these are either my own original materials or have been significantly restored by myself for the expressed purpose of resourcing the materials to teachers. This does not limit, however, the number of copies that artists and crafters may produce apart from of the internet for their own private or creative interests.
      Some school districts have very restrictive policies concerning the number of websites that may be visited by students within their own private libraries and classrooms and it is for this reason, I have begun to write several online journals for own classrooms: Thrifty Scissors, All Victorian EphemeraEaster Egg Crafts, Historic House Plans and A Guide to William Shakespeare are a few examples of my online journals for the classroom. In addition to these, I also have a Bible coloring page website called Color The Bible and a very popular Christmas blog called, The Belsnickle Blogspot. and a religious clip art review site, Christian Clip Art Review. There is also an older online journal called, Art Education Daily, that is the result of my k-12 certification in the state of Missouri.. 
      I include methods of practice mixed together with themes among my entries. This is because art educators very often design lesson plans under the method or practice of art instead of the theme alone. However, this blog may be very helpful to those teachers developing lesson plans based upon math, science, history or literacy as well. Artifacts here may be used to integrate subjects into a wide variety of agenda and should not be seen as limited to those practices or interests of art teachers alone.
      Virtual/Educational artifacts are listed according to theme on the left hand sidebar. Artifacts on this blog, may be used by teachers to construct or further extend lesson plans without the worry of violating copyright laws in the United States.  Although most all of the articles posted here are written by myself there are also articles from the public domain. I have meticulously researched and have represented these public domain materials here specifically for the purpose of free use under American copyright law for educators. Patterns, templates, graphics and worksheets etc…  not created by myself are listed under the designer's name and may be propagated by teachers within the context of a classroom environment according to American copyright law. 
      Some of the articles, all of the craft instructions and those original materials by Kathy Grimm are copyrighted. Make sure that you know what is what before presuming it to be public domain resource. All of the coloring pages, worksheets, puzzles, cartoons and illustrated poems are either cleaned and restored here or are created entirely by myself or my family members.
      The photography with copyright notices used in the craft articles is the sole property of Kathy Grimm and may not be used elsewhere on the web unless, you use the blogs' "reblog" software button located beneath the post. Google also sometimes uses our photos to link to our site through images or by maintaining web history through their archive.org searches. By submitting our content to Google we agree with the practice, however, this does not mean that we have similar agreements with webmasters who claim to have search pages that do not provide a direct link to our blog with every image or post listed. Search pages at pinterest do provide direct image linking to our blog, so this search software is a good example of a company software using a correct and ethical linking practice. 
  
List of Bad Uses:
  • Burning the work to a CD and giving it away as a free incentive.
  • Stealing the jpgs. and misrepresenting “who” they belong to, or “who” originally produced them.
  • Republishing the work for profit.
  • Printing and reselling the graphics and written content for profit or incentive
List of Good Uses:
  • Crafts and quilts that you produce to either give as gifts or keep for yourself.
  • Worksheets for schools and non-profit businesses that are informative and educational. These worksheets must not be reproduced for profit. Teachers may make their own worksheets for their own files and classrooms and use this clip art freely. You do not need to contact the staff and to ask about the number of worksheets that you can print. We are not picky about this. Please give credit to the blog address on the worksheets, http://pricklypins.blogspot.com
  • Only educators may burn the images to power points or CD slide presentations for their classroom. Please give the blog credit for the use of the material.
  • Students, artists, and art lovers may print out or keep in a non-electronic file as long as they keep in mind that materials found here have been copyrighted.
  • Parents or guardians who are conducting a “homeschool” may consider themselves to be teachers. Church educators, parish priests, preachers from any denomination (Protestant or Catholic) and VBS volunteers may also use the materials here and apply the rules to themselves as do the certified teachers.
  • The animated gifs on this blog are in the public domain and may be treated as such.
       The videos posted on this blog belong to their prospective owners and are not in the public domain! These videos are provided by the youtube services freely in order to promote viral searches that are related under the category of education on this blog. When you upload a video at youtube, you agree to this practice.
      Some of the content redistributed on this blog comes from the generous people at wikipedia.org. Wikipedia freely distributes both encyclopedia articles or current articles that have been both dedicated to the public domain or have passed into the public domain by default. These articles may be freely printed by all school teachers. However, the articles should not be misrepresented as belonging to people who have not actually written them. If you include these in a publishing hard copy, you must reference their original authors in the back of the book, assignment, or report as you would for any resource used or quoted when compiling a book or turning in a paper
      All poetry transcribed on the blog is in the public domain. If the author is not listed with the poem then I do not know who wrote it. I am, however, certain that the poetry is in the public domain. If I know the author of the poem, I note him or her with the poem.

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