I'm not one to give up on something I really, really, really, REALLY want, so...I started an art club! I feel invigorated and excited again about teaching after our first art club meeting on Thursday. Nine students showed up for the first meeting and I feel that more will come to the next. We had a marvelous time drawing shapes and creating a still life (well, one little guy drew dinosaurs and fish- the important thing is that he had a good time). I gave quite a bit of positive praise to everyone and let the students draw as they saw fit (hence the dinosaurs). While none of the students have a lot practice, they all tried their hardest and they produced wonderful drawings that I will proudly hang on the school's walls, proclaiming to all who pass by that art does exist in this place!
Our very first object.
|M. C. Escher|
Someday they'll be doing work like this!
Speaking of jump starts, somebody out there got the bright idea of giving the image of a teacher a make-over. Apparently, the image of an apple, the ABC's or a pencil as the representation of a teacher seems old hat to some. I have honestly never thought about this before, until a friend sent me the link below. Now that the out-of-date image of a teacher has been brought to my attention, I agree that it might actually need a bit of an update. In this age where image is practically everything, teachers have a particularly negative one. I've always been partial to the classic icons of education, but the idea of 'connecting the dots' on this website might just capture the scope, purpose and delight of teaching. Check it out.
If you have any suggestions for my art club, let me know. We'll be making African masks this Thursday!