Team costume contest at our Friday morning staff meeting. The OES art department went as Surrealists -Rene Magritte and Frida Kahlo, and we won! Our photo was features in the weekly employee news email that was sent to all FCPS employees. I received so many emails from fellow art teachers in the county complimenting our costumes. I feel like my costume design degree really paid off this week;)
Why I planned my family vacation during testing madness. #artonacart
So many sculptures to return.
A glimpse into my tiny art studio.
Today I spent many hours recording, editing, and uploading tutorial videos that show how to create a coil basket using recycled grocery bags. This is a beloved final project for my sixth graders every year, and they were eager to work on their coil baskets from home, but wanted to have the instructions available on video in case they had trouble working independently. I set up my flip mino on a mini tripod but i really need something taller so that I can film over my own shoulder- the mini tripod has to be located so close to my hands that it can never really focus completely.
At any rate, in the past my students have only had xeroxed handouts that showed hand-drawn pictures of the coil basket weaving process, so this is a dramatic improvement, and the videos could potentially be played by my substitute as a review while I am at a day-long meeting on Thursday.
The tutorial is broken down into brief segment to allow student to select the specific step they are having trouble with. I have seen many coil basket ideas that involved recycled materials, my favorite being the Spiral Foundation, but this picture tutorial from Clever Nesting helped me the most.
I used to spend tons of money from my budget purchasing coil rope core for this project, and now Our coiling core is free AND earth friendly!
I love my job. Last week I was responsible for inspiring and guiding nearly 500 artists while they created landscape paintings. In the course of a year I will contribute to at least 6000 artworks being created. It can be difficult sometimes and it is occasionally frustrating but it is totally worthwhile.
Children cheer when they hear it’s art day, they applaud when I finish a demonstration, and I am so proud of what they accomplish in my classroom. It is a happy and fulfilling job and I am thankful that I feel this way about my what I do every day. Even my worst days are still rewarding ones. I am lucky to work in a school system that appreciates the arts enough that I have this job at all. I am thankful that I chose a career that is such a fantastic and creative one, where I get paid to make art with kids all day.
What are you thankful for?