01 9 / 2014
I’ve started work on a Google Spreadsheet listing contemporary artists (with genre, theme, and link to online home) for the #arted community. Feel free to add to it, finish completing information for the artists I already have listed, share it with other art teachers etc. etc.
My plan is to eventually have it sorted according to genre / media. That way, when we need a little new inspiration…We can use the spreadsheet and search according to our curriculum needs.
15 8 / 2014
Reclaiming clay is pretty simple but time consuming. Really all you do is soak the dry clay in water. It is best to break it up before hand but if you don’t do that, just make sure you leave it in water long enough for it to thoroughly soak the clay. It is going to essentially become slip. You then put the wet clay on a porous surface to dry, flipping occasionally. Most people I know just lay it out on canvas, but if you are able to, make yourself a plaster table. Luckily my school already had one, although it is a little small. You may have to replaster it every now and then but totally worth it. Here is the one I just replastered today.
Finally just wedge the clay until it is a good consistency. This is the part that becomes the pain, literally. My wrists hate this part. If you have a pug mill your life would be easier, but those cost as little as 2900 and as much as 6000. Not many schools are willing to fork that over. (I’m thinking of writing a grant for one, but again, a long shot.)
Hope that helps, @lovelesswrists
13 8 / 2014
bettterthanbuttter said: Do you have any recommendations for how a first year teacher junior English teacher can decorate their walls on a strict budget?
Go to the movie theater and ask for old posters.
Go to Walmart and check out the five dollar posters.
Use cheap tablecloths to cover bulletin boards.
Recite.me is a free way to make mini posters.
Ask veteran teachers if they have a stash of stuff that’s not on their walls you can use.
Also the clearance bin in the fabric department at Walmart! It lasts a lot longer than the tablecloths for bulletin boards and gives you a bit more style!
13 8 / 2014
xavierjones said: I read (and obviously follow) your blog a lot, and I've always wondered why your art instruction has so much writing in it, but this makes more sense. If it wasn't in your mandated curriculum, would you make them do all the writing, or do you feel like it helps?
If it wasn’t in the mandated curriculum, I would never have tried it; which is pretty sad!
I definitely think it’s helped my students. My philosophy of teaching shifted significantly this last year, or maybe my approach to it… I’ve always written that I wanted my students to be effective art makers, writers, and speakers. This year I had to put my money where my mouth is and actually do it.
I’ve accepted that not all of my students will love art. I also realize that many of them won’t learn as much through the act of making, but can learn a great deal through reading and writing about art. Even if they hate the act of painting, having them write about it helped foster a growth mindset in class. In IB we talk a lot about developing inquiry within our students; kids who can really think and ask questions.
As a secondary benefit, it helps to build respect for the arts in your school. I struggle to explain and show the importance of my classes, but a pile of visual journals does. When district people visit, I have piles of evidence to show the rigor of my classes to people who just don’t get art.
04 7 / 2014
Career fairs: A place filled with people with JOBS! It is essential to know what to do during this time.
This is a mini post on my getting a job series. Check out my blog to see others in this series.
Your college might hold a career fair. If not, find one at another college. Schools themselves will also hold career fairs and invite many other local schools. Here’s some advice for acing the career fair: