Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Longer lessons...finished outcomes...here we come!

Now that most of the dust has settled, we're blasting off (starting the day after the GREAT Solar eclipse) with a whole new set of lesson.  Today's classes went great and I can't wait to see the creative options other students will bring to these lessons.  Stay tuned!

Two great first weeks

When you have two amazing weeks with your students, you say "AMEN"!  Teaching is not for the faint of heart (or the lazy)!  It seems like a year's worth of administrative action items must take place these two weeks.  HOWEVER, if you love the time with your students, you gotta keep remembering this!  You are there for them.  You can get through this.  Teachers out there: Keep it up!  Parents out there:  Thank you for your sweet and funny students.  To the school staff our there:  Thanks for working and making this a team effort.

Whew.  My classes have been so fun and so rewarding.  I truly love spending these 45 minutes with these students.  We did some cool "two-week" lessons (some of which turned into sketchbook lessons to work on throughout the year (and two of which I'll make a bulletin board with soon).

Here's some images.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Welcome back...

It's here!  I'm pretty excited to be starting out my 11th year teaching Art Education with Fulton County back here at State Bridge Crossing.  We had our Sneak Peak yesterday morning and seeing so many smiling faces put my zest for this new year into overdrive!  Here is a quick look at my classroom set up (mostly the same as last year) and some bulletin boards around the school (highlighting amazing art from last year).  It's going to be a great year!

New class rules...

My precious little artist

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Almost time for another year!

As summer draws to a close, I'm excited to start my 11th year teaching art with Fulton County.  This'll be my sixth year at State Bridge Crossing and I look forward to seeing smiling faces of new and returning students soon, as well as teaching the fifth graders this year, whom I met in Kindergarten!

I had an awesome and busy summer.  During the first part of the summer, I attended the Woodruff Art Educator's Conference at the Woodruff Art Center in Midtown.  I was fortunate to be a part of amazing break-out sessions with a lots of applicable teaching take-aways.  Making indigo dye was probably the highlight of the three-day conference for me!

Art Education took up a lot of my summer, as I am part of a team working to rewrite the Art Curriculum for Fulton County.  The Art Department at my school will be one of seven schools to pilot the draft of this new curriculum this year.  Stay tuned to see what changes we have in place!  I also went of a few vacations with my family, spent a lot of time working on the house we bought in April (including painting a nursery for our upcoming baby), and even spent the last week potty-training my son...with success!  Yeah!

I can't wait to share what's in store for this up coming year, as well as the masterpieces created.  I hope you all have a wonderful, magical, and blessed 2017-2018!