There is still time to visit the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. The Keith Haring exhibit will be on display until October 11, 2021. Meanwhile, on the walls of Chittenango Middle School, my students’ artwork is currently on display. It took a lot of heavy-duty stickies to get them to stay up – the tile was not particularly cooperative.
When I am in my classroom, I feel a bit like a caged animal. I can’t go to the bathroom whenever I want to – I have a two minute window here and there, which takes adjusting to after having so much freedom over the summer.
I have two bathrooms in my house now and central air – no air condish at school.
And so, those two things are the only cons to my job. Not the students or the curriculum, or the amazing community of Chittenango, New York.
It is so fun to create new lessons, to introduce new art concepts and to just spend time with my students again in my own classroom.
I’m starting with some drawing and graphic design projects. I’m sharing information about Keith Haring and his art retrospective at The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. I just found out it isn’t over until October 11th – which means maybe the students can convince their families to take a trip out there? That would be incredible!
I started the school year in this Free People cotton dress. It is so comfortable and colorful! I just love it! Thank you, Bloomingdales! <3
This is the state of my classroom. Last year, the teachers traveled from room to room instead of the students moving about the building. We are somewhat back to normal this year. It’s good to be back.
So far, I checked in some supplies and pulled a bunch of posters out of the back room. I’m in the process of creating new lessons and deciding which classes will do which lessons.
School starts for students on September 7th.
I have a lot of work to do and there is no air conditioning in the classroom. Other challenges will include the social distancing stuff and the masks. I’ll try to find a way to make it fun.
Here are some of the celebrity portraits my 8th grade Studio in Art students (from Chittenango Middle School) finished back in March. I didn’t display them because I was saving them for the school fair, which never happened.
I allow students to pick almost anyone – meaning anyone “appropriate”, and this year you will see a variety from sports, performing arts, the art world and social media (and one grand-dad). Two Steve Harveys, lol. He wins as most popular this time.
They are pencil drawings on Canton paper.
I live in a one-hundred-twenty-year-old house, which tends to get dusty within minutes of dusting/cleaning, etc. To promote wellness, I have lots of plants. I go with a red and green plus neutrals color palette, so the greenery fits with the decor while helping me breathe the sweetness of fresh air.
This morning, as I face week two of cloistering, I thought about how I achieve wellness. It is a state of mind that represents positive energy and is always with me despite the outside world’s attempt to create the fear of doom/gloom and mayhem. My plants are not concerned about a health crisis (nor is my cat, Pablo, for that matter, who is loving having mommy at home). I recently repotted them all with new soil and in larger pots, and they are thriving. They are happy with just a bit of water and the low light sunshine they receive from the windows of my East Syracuse, New York American Bungalow.
They are alive. They thrive. They are happy. They are well. They bring peace and joy to my life. It is my sincere pleasure to take care of them.
What does wellness mean to you? Send me a photograph that utilizes the theme of wellness. It can be a person, place or thing. It can be an abstract notion or a portrait, landscape or still-life. Show me wellness and together we will saturate social media with it. Attach your images in the comments section. My students – send yours to my school email address and we will make this an enrichment assignment towards your 4th quarter grade.
Let the wellness in, my friends. Allow and receive. Just…let it in. <3
Two of my classes used hand-building skills to create these adorable clay lizards. We used the Sax Colorburst glazes. I love the colors, especially the Firecracker!!! The projects remain in the glass case in the Chittenango Middle School atrium.
We looked at the work of the Aboriginals of Australia for inspiration. Different patterns were added to the body, head, limbs and tail using a variety of techniques.
My B-day Art-8 students (Chittenango Middle School) created these clay masks. We used Sax Colorburst glazes. They have silica flakes that pop in the kiln creating confetti-like effects.
I offered students thirteen different colors and asked that they use at least six, making sure to place three coats of glaze on the mask for each color. It was tricky because the glazes transform in the kiln – there is that allowance for serendipity that doesn’t work if you are a control freak, but totally does if you are experimental.
I added a wire to the back so they can hang on the wall. Students took them home today. I miss them already!