Tuesday, August 21, 2012

20th Year of Teaching...

So I have successfully completed 2 1/2 weeks of teaching - and so far, so good!  I have to say, after 20 years in the classroom, I still LOVE IT!  My students are learning, creating, thinking and making me look good!  Their art is spectacular - I took a new approach this year and spent the first week going over painting techniques with both my intro and advanced students. 

We "played" with acrylics, watercolors, resists, brayers, stencils, collaged materials, etc... and created pages to help us prep our visual journal assignments for the rest of the semester.  There were a few students who were a bit confused with the chaotic creating that went on, but I think overall it taught them A LOT!  Not only did they learn to get their own supplies AND clean them AND put them back (and if you teach teenagers you know that can be one of the biggest challenges in secondary art education!), but they realized that art truly IS an expression of one's self!  When given the freedom to experiment with the tools, their art rises to meet their creativity level and magic is made!  They began to realize that good artists must be good researchers AND good art detectives!

I will share a few of the outstanding visual journal entries I received in the first week!  Pure Joy!

These were my Art II student's 2 page spreads with the prompt - "ME"