Maybe it is because my birthday falls in the month of August that I perceive the annual cycle to end and begin in the summer; I finished each grade level as one age, and began the next as a year older. Or maybe it is because being an educator is written in my genetic code and that is just the way I was programmed. This time of year brings excitement and the promise of a brand new adventure.
Are you eager for the beginning of school? How do you feel when you anticipate the initiation of a new routine?
I am eating up any anxiety by focusing my energy on productivity. Literally. I am producing worksheets to help develop learning experiences. Because if they are interesting to look at, I will be more likely to use them, right?
Heather at The Bees Knees Cousin developed her own planner which inspired me to do the same. I have been playing around just in Word and am discovering how much I appreciate soft shapes and grey tones.
Here’s a look at what I have generated so far…
and if you fancy the portrait layout,
If you want to test them out, download a copy here: Visual Planner 2014
How do you spend these early days prepping for the new year?
Have a productive day,
I am presenting at the NAEA conference in SanDiego, CA the last weekend in March. The National Art Education Association conference occurs once every year rotating throughout major cities in the US. It is a whirlwind of inspiration for artist and art educators and I am thrilled to be sharing my passion this year. If you are curious about enhancing your art display through a variety of interactive and educational media, take a seat and check out my slide presentation. I have no doubt you will discover something new and your eyes will thank you for the visual experience. You can view it by clicking here: The Art Display as a Learning Object
I will also be presenting an Art&Science curriculum I have developed with my colleagues and sharing successful strategies for collaborating with other teachers and disciplines. View The Art Science Connection to discover how these two magical worlds support one another and share so many learning objectives. Click on the photo below to be linked to actual learning experiences from my sister site, ArtEngine.
Have you attended any conferences or presentations lately?
Share what fuels your fire.
Your fellow life-long learner,
I just had to share this fabulous photo with you all.
You can’t help but feel that gesture. Do you dig it?
I am grateful for the unique instances a photograph can capture so much in a flash. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
Have a grateful day!
And when nothings seems to be going right, go left.
When I began this post last Spring, I was surrounded by a delicious selection of greenery when inside my little bungalow. It warms the soul and keeps my values in check. Thank you, Earth.
And because I am grateful of all that our mother earth has to offer, I try to make beauty from the things I would otherwise throw away. If you have read my previous posts, you know I fancy hand painted papers. I want to share an art experience that I introduced to my third and fourth graders recently.
I wanted to keep the focus on color mixing and less on creating a composition so we used the primary colors and white to create a large selection of color swatches painted on newspaper rectangles.
Then we cut a small selection of color choices into strips and covered paper towel roll slices in blocks of color. Details were collaged over the basic rectangular blocks. Negative shapes were saved and used as well.
Holes were punched on the ends of the cut slice of paper towel roll and ribbon was looped through for an easy tie.
Make your, or someone else’s, wrist smile soon! -MJ
“Take Harlems heartbeat, make a drumbeat.
Put it on a record, let it whirl!”
Visit an informative and fun interactive site at MetMedia. Listen to the sounds that inspired Romare, discover the hip artists he grew up around.
We were first introduced to Romare Bearden through a picture book inspired by his life titled “Me and Uncle Romie” by Claire Hartfield. “The Block” is also a rich text that poetically places the collages of Romare Bearden alongside poems by Langston Hughes. I read aloud the poetry to students or have them perform it for the class, then ask them to search for visuals within his mural sized collage that illustrate the terms, sounds and visuals they hear.
Students utilized their knowledge of paper collage to construct a selection of urban buildings. These were then collaged to a colored background and accordion folded for a 3-D effect.
Writing poetry about urban experiences would be a great way to incorporate literacy into this rich art making experience and bring it full circle in connection with the era in which Romare lived and prospered as an artist.
I organize my art studio with color. I mean Everything with a capital “E”. The markers, colored pencils, oil and chalk pastels, paper, paint. You name it.
Recently, a student came to me to ask if he could organize the paper scraps. “YES please!” He was finished with his art before the others and I was thrilled that he was interested in offering a helping hand over taking the time for free draw. But the best part of it all, is his strategy.
Yes, it is organized by color! Without the slightest prompt, this is what he chose to do.
When have you witnessed your students sharing their knowledge without your prompting ?
Share those heart warming stories of pay back that we are so grateful for!
Are you interested in how I organize? Check out some ideas here.
Have a colorful day! -MJ