Welcome to the High Museum of Art!
I had a fabulous night last night. All Fulton County art teachers met at the High Museum for our Second Semester meeting. Our amazing Fine Arts coordinator, Jes Booth, presented the State of Fine Arts where she kept us up to date about what is going on in our field (new standards, teachers leaving, eCourses about supporting Common Core). She is such an inspirational and funny leader and every time I am around her, and all of the art teachers here with Fulton County, I am reminded about how blessed I am to have this incredible job in a system that actively values art education.
She also had lined up a guest artist to speak and make art with us! Have you heard of Evereman? Have you found one (they are usually ITP, not in the suburbs!)? EVEREMAN gave an awesome talk (you can find his TED talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KSmcJ-XLVI) about his work, his "leave no trace" aesthetic, and about the Free Art Friday movement. I highly encourage you to check out his website:
After all of that, we got a chance to tour the Frida and Diego exhibit. I feel ashamed to say I had not seen it yet. WOW. What is there to say? This is the first time so many of both Frida Kahlo's and Diego Rivera's art has been seen together in the United States. The artwork, as well as their personal stories, is very moving, intimate, delicate and painful. It was an emotional show - to be sure. Check out at our fabulous museum: http://www.high.org/frida-diego
Lastly, a super dear friend of mine, Ms. Mary Elfers, is officially leaving Fulton County. We went to undergraduate school together, started teaching together and have spend the past six years meeting up and emailing each other about how to be better teachers with awesome lesson plans. She's off to the clean air of Colorado. With her amazing spirit, kind heart, love of art, generosity to children, and adventurous attitude, I have no doubt she will soar to amazing heights. She has been a treasure to the students of Fulton County and a piece of gold to me. I will miss her deeply.
super excited to have an Evereman