I love my kindergarteners! They have grown so much already this year. We've been working on cutting & gluing skills a good bit. I think their snow people turned out absolutely adorable!
December 02, 2021
At the bottom of this post you will see a variety of winter boards I have done. It is not all of them, but a cross section of a variety I've done with my students. However, I was kind of over the villages, snowmen, and such. This year I wanted to do something different. Something I've never done before. I decided to go for an icy feel, but used flowers as the theme. I'm also still trying to build some skills that were not covered/not reinforced due to many of our student(200+) being virtual for a year and a half. Cutting and gluing really suffered! So I'm providing opportunities to work on some of the missed skills. I really love the way it turned out.
Here are the boards from past years! The ones at the bottom were my first couple years doing them....I feel they've improved a great deal over time. I've learned how to assign parts to different classes, and bring in a variety of ideas, techniques, and skill development.
November 30, 2021
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Art is often a safe place for people to retreat & find sanctuary. It is a place to "be". The artist is able to find rest and restoration in the midst of creation. Art can also be a safe(ish) place where one comes to define and defend their ideas and beliefs. It is a place to stand one's ground while pushing boundaries (and buttons!) Art can be safety for comfort and confronting. It depends on the needs of the artist what that safety will bring.
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."—Psalm 91:2
What does it mean for the Lord to be both a refuge and a fortress? God as our refuge is a safe place where one finds comfort from pursuit, danger, and the troubles of this world. God as our fortress allows us to face the world in the midst of the battles that rage in and around us. It is not safety from the struggles, but safety in the midst of them. The key is..."in whom I trust". To trust the Lord is to know him. When we know him we experience his powerful love. That personal relationship can be both a place to run to for refuge & a mighty fortress to face the battles of this world. I pray you feel safe in the Lord to be all he has called you to be.
November 27, 2021
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I’m not one to totally slam a brand. There are so many factors in every situation. There are bad batches, factors in transportation (things being too hot, too cold, or getting bounced around in shipping), and operator error. I will say I’ve liked Mondo Llama’s crayons, markers, and colored pencils (not my favorite...but I’d for sure recommended them to my students for at home use!).
I was given some gift cards to Target from someone in the community that likes to support the arts. I went on line and saw that Mondo Llama had brushes. I ordered about a class set worth. Within a week I regretted my decision. After a couple days of using them...their was a plastic like coating start bubbling up on the handle. A couple days later their were large areas of paint pealing off. Now you might be thinking I left my brushes in water. No, I learned not to make that mistake over 20 years ago when I first started teaching. There is just something up with these brushes. I terribly disappointed. The brush itself is nice, but the handles....not so much.
November 17, 2021
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Have you ever heard of FREE ART FRIDAYS? It is a wonderful movement happening in major cities across the United States where artists "hide" artwork. They place it in public areas in their city & leave clues on social media of where it can be found. The recipient then posts their find back on social media (hopefully). There is no financial gain for the artist from this experience (except maybe a bit of publicity). It is possible there won't even be the satisfaction of having someone post & show their appreciation for the artwork found. It is simply another outlet for artists to share their gifts and talents with others. There is a joy & excitement to give a part of what you have been given, with no reciprocation.