Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Not sure where to start or what to say to explain my long absence and I don't want to make this into a whine fest because we all have our problems so I'll keep this short and hopefully will get back onboard with my regular blogging.
Life generally hasn't turned out the way I thought and I've been having a hard time dealing with that. Work:  I love my job but have gotten tired of the way things are run and how situations are dealt with at times. Can't really go into the details but I am trying to just do my best and be satisfied for now.
Home: My son and I live with my mom. My mom just had her second pancreatic cancer surgery and has memory problems. It has gotten tougher to deal with and sometimes I want to run away and then I feel guilty for that.
Me:  Starting to go for therapy to put things into perspective.
So next post will be school oriented and the one thing I can promise you....it won't be perfect.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August is Here!

Whenever August appears on the calendar I start to get back into school mode. The summer always goes so fast and I never get done all I want to but it has been great. Now it's time to schedule lesson planning and setting up the art rooms.
Today was my first day of school work. I unpacked one of my art orders and brought home all of my resources on Greek art for 7th grade.

A few years back I started training with IDE - Innovative Designs for Education. This training is used to create  Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms. I love this type of teaching because it makes me a facilitator who is able to spend more time with my students. My next couple of posts I want to share with you what works in the art room using this method of teaching.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Finally!!

Finally getting my creative juices flowing and creating artwork again. Feels good being in the moment....find when I work on art everything else fades which doesn't happen very often. Meeting with a store owner tomorrow to see if she will hang some of my artwork in her shop...hoping!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

What I Did Last Summer

Actually, what I am doing this summer, but "What I Did Last Summer" sounded so much cooler. Finished cleaning the two art rooms at school, had family visiting and a trip down the shore and am now back to artwork, working on my room, hanging out with friends and school prep. 
Probably have a list of about 15 things to do in my room. So far I have painted my room, bought new window treatments, painted my closet which meant emptying my closet--huge task that involved sorting clothes and parting ways with 5 bags of clothes and shoes.
Today's project was re-covering my piano bench. Below is the before pic. I had painted it a few years back and covered it with this green and pink fabric.


I went to Joanne Fabric and bought these two fabrics.


Went with the more classic piece. Had a friend advise on this. Will use the more contemporary fabric for pillows.

Here is the finished piece. Can see my wall color: Clear Skies from Benjamin Moore. Still need to do trim and doors. Don't mind the linoleum floor. Room has been measured, just need to pick my carpet. Hoping to use a remnant to save some money. In my dream world the floor would be wood but that isn't in the budget. Cost for bench is $5- fabric plus staples. Bought the wire baskets at Marshalls. They were $18- total.  I'm not sure what I'm putting in them yet. Possibly magazines?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Photography Apps


Original photo

WordFoto

Vintique

Percolator

Have a bunch of photography apps that I never had time to try out until now. Ran out to the garden and took some pictures of the garden with my ipad. Takes a decent photo! I think I could use these with my 8th graders when they create their self-portraits. Also planning on making some new posters for the art room.
Original photo

Vintique

XnSketch

Percolator

Original photo

Percolator

Vintique

Original photo

WordFoto






Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Middle School Bulletin Boards

I like to get my bulletin boards done at the end of the school year. I cover them with newspaper for the summer so they stay nice for September. I've totally switched over to fabric for my backgrounds. Can be used over and over again, doesn't fade and is easy to handle. Last year my colors were purple and orange so to make things easier I kept the purple and added blue. I love the combo together.
 
These three posters were all pinterest finds. Love the way the word artist is used to base art room rules off of.

This will be my elements of art board. Not quite finished but close. Today was our last day so I will return next Monday to hopefully finish all my boards.