Friday, August 16, 2013


It's drawing near! Back to school! I've had a lovely vacation full of art and workshop teaching and traveling, and I am soooooooooo ready to get back to school. This past week my imagination has been sparking ideas about how to plan out the curriculum for next year so that it is more sequential and flowing from skill to skill. My computer screen has been flipping between Pinterest and my Word document:
 I do not troll through Pinterest aimlessly gathering project ideas- I have project ideas and themes in mind and seek out visuals to go with them. I find it much easier to remember ideas if I have a picture to go with them, so Pinterest has been a godsend to this visual thinker. I've also started putting together boards of artist portraits, video resources,and art quotes  like the following one:
I'm so excited for the adventure of art in school this coming year. I have kept only a handful of last year's projects, and adapted or added new projects to better teach concepts. Taking on new things is a bit risky, but I have a much better idea of what my students are capable of now than last year. It also keeps me more engaged in teaching, as I'm exploring right alongside my students.

I head back to school next week to set up the room, supplies, and bulletin boards. Then we have a week of PD and greet kids on September 3rd!! Hooray!