so, I went in early!
View of my room for the entrance.
Needless to say the inevitable has come.... back to school! This is why I have been away for several days as well. I went in a little early to get things setup because the official day we report back is the night where parents swing by... sweaty mess+ meeting parents= nightmare situation...Perspective from my desk
so, I went in early!
My mom was a pal and came in the first day to help, with no AC (they are fixing it as we speak). But she actually came on the " cold" day.. today was miserable!!! But I got the room at first glance done. There is still a lot of organizing that I want to do, but that can happen AFTER curriculum night. Below is a few things I have also done , and some more pics of my room!
I do want to point out two things. First, I got these at Walmart for less that $3 and they make a great holder for clay tools by table! Kids are accountable for their own stuff! In each kit has: 3 pin tools, 3 rib tools, 2 small looping tools, 2 large looping tools, slip, spray bottle, some modeling tools, and a sponge. They were in dorm/ bathroom section
I have to give myself kudos here... yep no AC and I even stained cabinets! Thanks to people knowing to give me junk I scored some wood stain! It looks even better in person. To the left is the pre- stain, and the right cabinet is the post- stain! Ha ha
So I know this is just a small chunk of everything that still needs to get done, but it gives me hope that to the plain eye it looks decent. Much more organizing to come!
Looking through old files tonight, and I know my weight loss journey is not over, but sometimes I feel bad for an off day and forget how far I have come until I look through pictures...
I need to remember how far I have come and don't be so hard on myself if I slip up with a little too much garlic bread like tonight haha... I sometimes get down because my loss rate isn't as fast as others, but this is MY journey and I need to remember that....the point is I haven't given up. Of course the scale is one form of progress, but being down dress sizes, and inches are a step too! 15 more to go... I GOT THIS!!!
Let me just start by saying I LOVE using several materials when making a piece of art. It wasn't until I saw the work of Teesha Moore, and Blaine Fontana that I really considered anything except Acrylic Paint and Canvas. Since then, I have been working on an Art Journal among other things. This is a way to have a space that is just about being creative and letting your hands do the work. I wish I could say I only put positive things in it, but I am human, and need an outlet : )
Art journals have always been something I have wanted to venture into, but each time I would start I didn't give it a good college try and ended up ripping out the first pages of the book I have worked on. I have decided to just dive in and go for it. Start and see where it takes you, it does not need to be perfect but just you. So that's what I decided to go ahead and give a try to. I am not going to limit it to just paint and paper maybe sewing in the journal, mixed media, etc. One of the people that inspire me most to get into art journals is the artist Teesha Moore. Her artwork is colorful, inspiring and just makes you want to sit down and journal for hours.
Also as a preventive measure I started my journal in the very middle to make sure I embrace my faults and NOT TO RIP OUT THE PAGE!
Here are some of the materials I like to use when working 2D. I love paint pens! Also I use this double sided tape. It works exactly like the white out tape except its sticky and clear.
I also save scraps of colored paper and scrapbook paper, and whenever I am done with magazines I go through the pages and try and cut interesting things out and store them in envelopes, folders, or in this case a metal cookie tin... I'm not picky as you can tell.
Next I painted lightly with watercolor onto the paper. BAD NEWS. It did not show up and it made my pages wrinkle a bit so next time I would probably not do that. But after it semi dried I started putting in a border.
I used old postcards, magazines, newspaper, just bits of everything until I thought it looked write before I added the pieces towards the center.
And here is the semi- finished product, I wrote in it but I am probably going to go back in and stylize my writing a bit. I want to make more time for exploring new mediums... never seem like we have enough time!
So when I started this summer, I knew I needed a plan of attack for those kids who finish early, forgot their project, and just a weekly check to keep them on their toes. I started making a list of dream procedures to have in the classroom.... as they say a best run classroom is one that runs without the teacher in it. I have had one.. only one lol of those moments when I accidentally left the door unlocked and when I came into my room students were already working... and not just some,ALL of them. I was so excited that my mistake gave me a boost in confidence... I kind of know what I am doing! Don't worry the next day they were rewarded : )
I want more days like that! So with my wishlist of procedures came the Art Binder:
This is where I get the Mrs. H. lifers... the ones that trust me wholeheartedly.... so when I say "cut teeny tiny pieces it will look so much better" I know who is in it for the long haul lol. I get glares, eye rolls, huffs and puffs... but it does look so much better.
In this project we talk about drawing to scale, and using grid. We dabble with color theory because if they are in this class they should know it but it is a good refresher to make the color choices they use even better.
We talk about collage artist young and old, and techniques they used to adhere. It is very important to get a backing for their collage that is sturdy enough to take to overgluers.... yes I made up that word but you know who they are in the class. If it's sturdy it wont wrinkle or bend and can withstand a little extra glue. Below are some of the other examples I have had... they are the lifers. ha
I know I know this isn't a health blog, but it's my blog so i will be putting tidbits of me in here too so bare with me : ).
So as some of you know, I have lost a significant amount of weight in the past year, which has been challenging, exciting, and a new lifestyle for me. I have been struggling with my last 15 for the past few months, and sticking with Weightwatchers was not helping. I think the simplicity of the points was making me feel like it wasn't that big of a deal to eat this or that, or simply not to log it because I couldn't find it on the search engine. Not that I am saying WW doesn't work, I am just at a different place now in my journey.
So I have taken matters into my own hands and got the Lose it! app on my phone that tracks similarly but with calories(a little more real for me ) and I purchased the FitBit Flex which tracks, steps and sleep and calories burned. It also syncs with the Loseit! app!
I am happy with the Flex so far. It is light, and is keeping me motivated. I was a few steps short last night so I was doing laps around the pool to get it, and it felt rewarding to feel the buzz of reaching my goal, and the app gives you badges for completing tasks. I am sure during the school year it won't be a struggle to get my mileage in, but for now I will be taking the steps wherever I can get them ha ha. It also comes in cute colors which is always a plus!
So another pin on Pinterest became a winner in my house. You know its good if my husband will eat it for leftovers.. ha ha. So if you want to see the original recipe you can click here, but I changed it to my taste buds and I think it came out really well too!
AFTER YOU HAVE ALREADY CUT VEGGIES
Optical Illusions are always fun to look at. You think you see something but then is turns into something completely different. I used to love looking at Magic Eyes trying to see the hidden picture! When I choose lesson, I always try to pick something that I would like to do myself, and that I would really enjoy teaching because as most of you know, you are a salesperson for your class.
In this unit we learn about variation of line and the artist Bridget Riley among other optical illusion artists.
The students start with a contour line drawing and then practice different designs to try and fool the viewer and really make it difficult to see what their original picture is. I have a worksheet that I give my students with different designs because sometimes it gets overwhelming for them. The results usually come out well, as long as they don't scribble over everything in the process, ha ha.
We used Bristol paper and Micron Pens.My mentor turned me on to using Micron pens because when working on large areas doesn't show up streaky quite like a marker might leave. Even if you don't use these exact pens, because they can get pricey it still turns out nicely. I have used all types, just a preference.
Art Throughout History is a lesson I typically do with Drawing and Painting students using Prismacolor pencils. This unit gives students background in several genres in art as well as shading and drawing techniques.
Students are given time to research different art forms and genres to pick three pieces of art to incorporate their own new piece of art.
My main criteria for this assignment, that each artwork they choose must all be at least 50 yrs apart.
Here are some of the worksheets I use for the lesson!
I hope this helps!! Below are some more examples. I tried to provide quite a bit so you can see how my students varied their interpretation of the assignment!
I went to visit my classroom to grab some files off my computer. THIS IS WHAT I FOUND!
My room is still not done and I need to start heading in there in the next week! So I have been in a hurry to plan everything because I will be spending so much time unpacking last minute. So now my nice office that looked like this:
HELP ME!!!!! I have resorted to my office is now the couch, watching season two of Greys Anatomy, and trying to figure out 3 more classes worth of units! This is what I get for mixing things up too much! I will make it!