Friday, September 30, 2016

How do I find time for this?

 The school year has been off to a crazy, busy start as usual.  My schedule has my head spinning with 6 day rotations at the elementary schedule and an A/B day rotation at the middle school.  I discovered that I have a total of 563 young artists that I am working with.  As you can imagine, my days fly!  My hardest challenge this year, so far, seems to be my 5 minute transition time between my elementary classes.  This schedule has me on my toes and I find myself very thankful for my one long prep (50 minutes) that arrives on Day 2 of our 6 day rotation.

To my fellow art teachers out there,  I would love to hear about your challenges so far this year, or how you manage a schedule similar to mine.  :)

Somehow, though, I still managed to complete two personal paintings at the beginning of this school year.  I have no idea why I waited so long to paint these pieces, considering I had all summer to do it, but from an artist's view point, you just never know when the mood or inspiration will strike.

Acrylic on canvas.  September 2016
Started as a late afternoon sketching session....

and then ended at midnight as a watercolor painting.  September 2016.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bear Math

 Today I had such a hard working kindergarten class they finished the work I had planned for them 15 minutes ahead of schedule!  I debated quickly in my mind if I should move forward with the lesson, knowing that I might need a filler for the next day they have art or if I should just try to come up with a quick activity to fill the time during this class period.  For whatever reason, the idea of creating a bar graph popped into my head.

To my delight, it worked out well, it engaged the students and YES...I incorporated some math (which, I must say to our defense we do all the time...but this was just a much more obvious demonstration).

This activity worked out so well, I am planning on incorporating into the other 4 sections I teach at this level.

Sometimes, I must say, I surprise myself on my quick thinking in the classroom.  Three cheers for spontaneous lessons that actually work out well!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

New we go!

First day photo!  Starting my 10th year for the Cameron School District and my 14th year teaching art overall.  Where or where does that time fly to?

Borders...Staples....Bulletin Boards. OH, MY!

My bulletin boards for the 2016-2017 school year in the elementary art room.

This bulletin board ties in with our school theme this year and has a connection to our school's PBIS policy.

Word wall for art vocabulary words.  

This bulletin board is dedicated to all the drawings and paintings I will receive this year from students.  They love making me presents!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Classroom Ready!

My Elementary Art Room is ready.  Just waiting for my young artists!