These are things I want to relay in life, career, and in my heart. Junior High is such a hard time for kids, and sometimes as adults we just are in a different kind of phase of Junior High. It takes less energy to be be happy then mad, and to waste time on things that you cannot control! Be the best version of you!
To end our summer we decided to do something that my husband and I have been wanting to do since we got married (3 yrs ago). We finally have a pool and a yard, and with the Mr. working in the audio visual field gives him the hook up. The day of we were so excited, a few friends,family and good food. I was a little worried that the thunderstorm earlier in the day (3pm) would not leave by the time of setup (5pm) , but good old Arizona storms don't last long. Needless to say it was a good time, with amazing friends and family.
Enjoying the country boil. Here is the recipe. Of course extra love was added lol!Photo by Lissa Budzak
Overall it was a great success, the weather cleared up, and we even had time for a double feature; Jaws and the guys choice... Jackass.
What a great way to end summer vacation!
I thought this was a funny image,and that is a pretty good description.
In the not so distant past, well 9 yrs or so ago I swore I would never be a teacher.
My mother was a teacher for 35 yrs, and of course I assumed all kids had to be like kindergartners. I was the kid with the studded belts, piercings, gauged ears and spiked, multicolored hair and knew that I could never do what my mother did. There is even proof in a good ol' livejournal (remember those?).
But something changed. I am a firm believer of fate and signs (insert husbands eye roll) and believe that if I had taken a path straight to teaching I may not remain in the field. I wanted to be an architect, an interior designer, something big, something that matters.
Teachers are not always in a classroom. The experiences I had with people in those fields molded me. In my architecture program I learned to think out of the box, not to limit myself (hay-bale homes..) From interior design I learned to stick to my gut and that it is more important to be a good person above all else. (Similar experience to" The Devil Wears Prada") I knew from these experiences that I needed to do something I loved so it would never feel like work.
Then I started a business in college to make extra money teaching art to preschoolers. I knew right then I loved connecting kids to Frida Kahlo, Picasso, and Van Gogh, and giving them the opportunity to be creative. I was hooked... but maybe not with preschoolers for my entire life.
Fast forward 3 years and I had a mentor teacher that blew others out of the water. Not to mention she had an age that I was terrified of at first. She taught me how to loosen up and that it was more important to be a good influence in life not just Art.
Now I am in the position to get my first Student Teacher. I met with him the other day, and that excitement for teaching he had really made me appreciate all the "Teachers" I had. Many people discredit teachers, but I know I have the best job in the world, and for the sake of truly sounding cheesy.. believe that wholeheartedly. I hope i can pass that on... hold the cheese.
Image courtesy of Ashley Spano, Miles Roberts
random thoughts- until next time
This is my official first post to Art Gal! I am Jessica. Teacher, Artist, and Foodie. I am new to the blog world, but hope you find my posts interesting and something you can take back into your own lives!
I am an art teacher, a very anal art teacher that plans the plans of what I am going to be doing. I have been on vacation mode for the past two weeks and I am officially ready to get back to my kiddos! I teach Junior High, and if you know anything about Junior Highers, they are very critical and don't hold back. So I am trying to pump this year full of fun projects, and of course cute outfits while doing so! So here is what I have been looking at lately on Pinterest:
The image up above is a coil pot I found that she turned into a lamp! SO COOL! Check out her work and her blog!
Here is a great way to teach about Slab and texture with Clay! Here is the tutorial!
First Day Back Outfits??!
Classy VS. Comfort
Well, that's all I have for now folks, until next time....