cindymayweather:

“I am so excited to be living one of my dreams – to be here on Sesame Street. I’m here because I am teaching everybody on Sesame Street the importance and the power of ‘yet.’ Never, ever, ever give up because there’s so much power in ‘yet.’” - JMonáe

Sesame Street: Janelle Monáe - Power of Yet [x]

the power of “yet” is such a great message for art students too. there are struggles, sure, but it’s just that we haven’t mastered something “yet!”

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One of my little friends made a paper dress for me this morning. I asked if I could wear it and she started giggling uncontrollably. It’s still taped to the front of my shirt and I think it’s gonna be the new hot look.

One of my little friends made a paper dress for me this morning. I asked if I could wear it and she started giggling uncontrollably. It’s still taped to the front of my shirt and I think it’s gonna be the new hot look.

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Hello our most respected teachers,

I wanted to share the amazing news that I just received-(student name) won 1st prize in an art competition for ‘under 18’ at Blick Fenway! He submitted a piece he made at school w Ms V entitled ‘rejuvenation’.

I thought you’d be proud to know and it will be hung at Blick until next Monday/Tuesday, so if you haven’t seen it yet and would like to, please do!

Thank you for inspiring the artist within! It’s such joy to see (student name) grow up and I thank you for guiding him together.

Best,
(Parent Name)

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— what an exceedingly lovely email to read after coming home from a long day at work!  

get on up.

after a prep work overload today, i decided to get up on one of the art tables to have a dance party with a colleague. 

not a single students caught us, which leaves me just a little bummed. 

dancing on the tables is where it’s at. 

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Me: it’s time to clean up, please give me that red paper rectangle.

Kindergartener: no

Me: we need to clean up, please hand it to me.

Kindergartener: BUT I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS RECTANGLE! *starts bawling*

Me: …

Kindergartener: no, but I love it! *continues to cry*

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— no joke - one of my kindergarten students will do this every time we have a collage project. i don’t know what it is about tiny shapes of colorful paper, but the kids cannot resist hoarding them! 

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On a whim, I decided to shake up my first grade batik unit, which is normally just an oil-pastel resist. The results were always nice, but not very exciting or dynamic. 

This morning, I traced an animal batik motif with elmer’s glue and white 3D fabric paint and let each dry. After school ended, I tested both.

Even a light watercolor wash didn’t show up much with the elmer’s glue, and the glue spread out quite a lot as it dried, so it was impossible to easily discern areas for oil pastel decoration. 

As you can see, the white fabric paint (puffy paint to children of the 90’s) held up incredibly well- even with an india ink wash! 

I can’t wait to try this with a class now… next stop, update that blowfish demo with fabric paint… they’re the cutest! 

lessoninteaching:

In a couple weeks, I’ll officially be a third year teacher. This is nothing compared to so many fantastic Tumblr teachers, but in my short time in education, I have seen many teachers come and leave the profession. Apparently, at high-poverty schools, 20% of teachers…

such excellent advice. take the time to read this- there’s wisdom in it even if you’re not a teacher. 

i’m doing a little observational drawing cross-training with my 3rd-6th grade students. it’s been incredibly successful so far- and one student confessed:

"when you talked about our memory of how things should look getting in the way of seeing, it felt like you were talking directly to ME! now i don’t feel like it’s just me that struggles with drawing things the way they look!"

these are some fun exercises, garnered and adapted from others, i hope you’ll try a few! 

I really like the authentic education inherent in this approach to art ed- though I worry about gaps in certain skills if center-based education is the only way students engage with art.

In my classroom we have ample time set aside for independent experimentation with a variety of media and techniques, but there is a definite structure with formal lessons for each grade level. If my class time was longer than 45 minutes I’d be way more open to having center-based art each class! 

Do you think pure choice-based art education can be effective? 

wonderful news!! 

hilarious! i love framing artists as heart throbs- but what of the ladies? i’m curious about who will be included in part 2…. who would be on your list of art history hotties? 

birthday!

it’s my 33rd birthday today!

the best gift was having my students truly understand and enjoy our first lessons. my second graders did some role-playing, pretending to be a paleolithic family and a neolithic family. each “family” then made giant cave painting murals to visually tell the story of their day, and at the end of class we were able to share our stories. they all agreed they’d rather be living in neolithic times, the new stone age is where it’s at!

we got so messy, and it was equal parts silly and informative. yussssss. 

(and my parents sent me flowers at work, all the way from philly to boston!)

this is a short and sweet, yet comprehensive video about optics and color. so great for color theory lessons! 

When my new students tell me that they like my art class

artteacherthinking:

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i got some really sweet comments from my new kindergarten students and totally felt like this. awesome.

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rubyetc posted a drawn response to the #then and now prompt, and i thought i’d give it a go.
this was a fun reflection. something that stuck out: i definitely understand my body more and respect the food i’m able to eat now even if i’m heavier than the assumed cultural ideal. i used to basically live on jello and dry toast because it was the only thing i could digest. now i eat MOSTLY ALL THE FOODS and it’s amazing.
i really miss those astro-turf flipflops with fake fruit attached…

rubyetc posted a drawn response to the #then and now prompt, and i thought i’d give it a go.

this was a fun reflection. something that stuck out: i definitely understand my body more and respect the food i’m able to eat now even if i’m heavier than the assumed cultural ideal. i used to basically live on jello and dry toast because it was the only thing i could digest. now i eat MOSTLY ALL THE FOODS and it’s amazing.

i really miss those astro-turf flipflops with fake fruit attached…