July 21, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: What's On Your Mind

I have a hard time shutting off my art brain.  I see the world through artist's eyes, and everything can connect back to art.  I'm constantly thinking about the art I want to create, lessons I want to do with my students, materials I want to use, techniques I'd like to try, themes I'd like to explore, and on and on and on! I've gone to bed with an idea for a work of art on my mind, but been unable to sleep till I sketched out my idea on a piece of paper.  I've fallen asleep with a paintbrush in my hand, and woken up and continued on with my painting.  When you are passionate about something...it is almost always on your mind (or not far removed!). 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

Have you ever met a person that never seems to be happy?  They always have something negative to say, a complaint to be made, an ailment to share, or a person to degrade.  Their minds are focused on the "bad" things in their life or the world around them.  They can't seem to find the positive in anything.  When you allow your mind to fixate on the negative....that is what you will see, feel, and experience.  They have become passionate for negativity.  There are times in all of our lives that we might feed into negativity.  We may go through a season.  However, we can not allow ourselves to go down this path. As believers, we have been called to think on those things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.  Our hearts & minds should be on the things above.  Shouldn't we be the most positive, encouraging, and joyful people if we truly believe in those things we profess?  It is the filter we see the world through.  All that we think, all that we do, all that we experience should be in light of the truth we claim.  It is how we see the world.  It is how we live in the world.  It is how we interact with the world. 

July 16, 2019

Art With Mr. E Summer Workshop: DAY ONE

At the end of June we had the 4th Annual Art With Mr. E Summer Workshop. I had no idea what to expect when we first began this adventure, but it has been such a wonderful experience & I truly look forward to it each year.  We had 16 teachers this summer Pre-K - 12th grade.  Two of the teachers were not art educators, and it was a joy to have their unique perspectives.  I'll have three posts that will break down the days.  You'll see some overlap because certain projects were began on one day and completed on another.  Maybe next summer you can join us.  We have had people from 8 states & a number of counties in Tennessee join us in past years. 
We have such an amazing time!

We started our day with doing the silk screen project using nylons & embroidery hoops.  This is one of those projects that needed dry time.  The Mod-Podge needs adequate time dry & opportunity to go over it once it has dried to make sure it has good coverage.  It was fun to see the variety of ideas teachers came up with for their screen designs. (You will see finished images in the other posts.)

The next projects we created were masks two ways.  We did paper mache using liquid starch & plaster wrap strips.  I talked to the teachers about creating a main character from a story & then a scene from that story.  I wasn't sure what to expect after this part of the project, but was amazed by the end products (I can't wait for you to see!).

I asked teachers to create a poster that would be motivation/encouragement for themselves or their students.  Sometimes we don't make the time to create such things for our classrooms, and I wanted to give the teachers the time & materials to make something that was meaningful to them.

Stay tuned for the next post from the Art With Mr. E Summer Workshop.....

July 15, 2019

Dollar General Arts & Crafts Section

I've noticed over the past year or so that Dollar General has been stepping up the arts & crafts section! The products might not be professional artist quality, but they are affordable & accessible.  
They had watercolor sets, tubes of watercolor, acrylic, watercolor pencils, drawing pencils, oil pastels, and a host of other materials! I really am amazed at the variety.  Some have voiced their concern about where the products are made and what they may (or may not) contain.  We all have to make our own choices about where we spend our money...so be true to yourself in your purchasing prerogative!

July 13, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: In Time

Art has a way of capturing time.  It may depict a specific moment in history, or display the culture & customs of certain place & time.  Even when art is non-objective/non-representational it often has a connection to a movement or style that resides within a given time frame.  No matter how hard an artist may try to be timeless in their work, art is IN time.  This is something that should be celebrated.  Not a desire to be "dated", but that you left your mark in time.  

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
 With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
2 Peter 3:8

 Usually when I read this scripture it makes me consider all the omni(s) of God.  He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient...etc. Though I may entertain these thoughts, they go beyond what I can truly grasp.  The idea that a day is like a thousand years is mind blowing. Our concept of time does not have the constraints on God that it does on us.  We are IN time.  Our days are numbered from birth to death while we are on this earth.  There may be times when we cry out to God about his quickness to answer our prayers.  We may shake our fist at the amount of time our suffering or the suffering of the ones we love continues.  The disbelief of a life taken too soon or the pain of someone lingering much longer than their mind and body could truly sustain. Time.  We can not control it.  We can only be in it. So what will we do with the time we are in?  

Each day we must seek the Lord.  Each day we must ask him to establish the work of our hands.  The author of Psalm 90 (often called the prayer/song of Moses) was not just praising the Lord, but crying out to him concerning the days a person is given...that they might be lived in a way that glorifies God.  It does not speak of only sunshine & rainbows.  We are to seek the Lord in all situations and give him glory.  He does not call us to only praise him & glorify him in the good times.  We are not promised to see the other side of the storms of life, but he is worthy in the midst of the storm to receive our praise.  We must make the most of the time we are given.  

So often we make excuses.  Tomorrow I'll read my Bible.  I'll serve at church after I get through this busy time in my life.  I'll share this joy I know when this rough spot passes.  I'll find time to pray later.  We allow excuses to rob us of the precious little time we have this side of Heaven.  We find reasons not to be living the life God intended us to live.  Our days are numbers.  We do not have time to wait or waste. We have today.  If we are blessed with tomorrow, amen & amen.  

What will you do with today to know God & make him known?

Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings?

Ya'll...this is so interesting!! If you enjoy Bob Ross...this is a must see video!!

July 07, 2019

Summer Rest?!?

I know I've not been blogging as much lately, but don't mistake that's for Mr.E taking it easy!!  I have led a professional development in Cumberland County, had my three day workshop, and created decorations for two different VBS(s) where my wife was teaching! I think I'll have about a week before I need to start working on my room! We go back at the end of July! 

The first one VBS was called ROAR.

 The second one (starting tonight) is called Power Up.

July 06, 2019

Rainbow Find

For those of you who love rainbow everything...

I found these at Walmart!
Could be fun for decorating your room!

June 28, 2019

Target Dollar Spot

I have a bunch of the colors...but had never seen Tropical Rain Forest!
Plus..it is metallic!?! 

June 23, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Lasting

Art (and art education) is always changing.  What is popular at one point in time will become passe. There are always attributes of art, movements, styles, or philosophies of art education that can be appreciated, but as time progresses ...taste, ideologies, techniques, and relevance changes. That is not to say things won't come back around.  The pendulum is always swinging. We see things come in & out of vogue.  We see new twists being added to old ideas. Artists, art work, and philosophies popularity can be inconsistent over time. There will be ups, downs, and in some cases...they fade into obscurity. What is new, fabulous, and THE WAY to do things today may not be tomorrow.  In art, change is the one lasting quality we can count on. No matter... art will remain.  Art will persist. 

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. 
Isaiah 40:8

Change is a part of our faith journey.  Where we were, what we thought, how we responded, what we did as new believers is not the same as now.  There may be some things we wish we could recapture.  There may be some things we wish we could erase.  We are inconsistent at best as we go and grow on this journey.  Change.  We change from one second to the next.  Hot/Cold. Grace Filled/ Judgmental. Seeking Truth/Accepting Lies.  However, we serve a God who is consistent. We serve a God that does not change.  He has loved us from the beginning.  He has pursued us from the start. His word stands forever as a testament of this desire to be in a relationship with us.  It is lasting...ever lasting.

June 19, 2019

Back to School?

I posted this on social media...and Facebook went nutty!!
People just aren't at a place where they can see such a thing...
because some of you are just now getting out of school! ha ha

Sorry that I've not been posting much.  I have been crazy busy getting ready for my summer workshop (Which starts Monday!!!).  I'll try to do better!!! Thanks for sticking with me. 

June 16, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: TRUST

I struggle with displaying my paintings almost as much as I do creating them. Does it need a frame, what kind of frame, will the wire hold the weight of the art, will the eye hooks pull out of the back, will the nail be strong enough to hold the work on the wall...etc. I will double or triple the wire because I'm so afraid of it not being strong enough.  I will hot glue or super glue around the eye hook just to give it a bit of "extra" security.  I find it hard to trust that things will go according to the norms of hanging art. I try to control the situation before there is a situation.  Have I ever had a work of art come crashing down? No.  Then why do I fear that for some reason it is going to happen?  There are many things in displaying my work that are out of my control.  I struggle with this. My pride does not want to face the possibility of  looking like a fool if I were to do something wrong or something goes wrong.  Self doubt plays into it as well.  I think artists often try to control things because they feel don't want to rely on anyone else & do not want to be made fun of for a botched attempt.

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes;  its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17: 7-8

Trust is a struggle for many believers.  Trust requires us to let go of control.  Trust requires us to let down our guard.  Trust asks us to find confidence outside of ourselves.  Some may believe pride is in direct opposition to being able to trust.  I feel pride and doubt spring forth from the same root.  The two choke out our peace that comes when we trust God with our life, family, relationships, finances, money..etc.  You may have valid reasons for your struggle to trust.  God knows your struggles.  God is patient.  God is loving. God is consistent.  God is waiting for you to trust him with your everything.  When you do...Jeremiah has painted a beautiful picture of what that looks like!  A tree who's roots run deep toward the water.....that always has green leaves....and even in drought....can produce fruit.  Trust does not keep us from the ills of this world, but allows us to be firmly rooted so that no matter what comes our way we can stand firm in the truth of our God & find our confidence & peace in him.  .  

June 14, 2019

Teacher Examples Just For Fun

A group of art teachers were talking about sharing their teacher examples online just for the fun of it! So I thought I would share mine.  I usually keep most of mine & then give my student teachers a stack of them as idea starters when they have their own classroom.