Not for You, for Me This Time

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I create a lot of art while working with my students because it encourages and motivates them to work. I would guess the majority of drawings and paintings I have done over the past year were a result of teaching.

It’s not a bad side effect by any means; I make a lot of stuff that I really like. However, I rarely have the opportunity to make art for my own personal development.

I signed up for two events. One is the Art Vs. Art competition. On “Paint Day” participants will have 4 hours to complete a painting on site to be entered in a competition. If your painting is accepted, people can vote on their favorites and even spin a “Wheel of Death” to determine how to destroy the loser.

The other is Masterpiece in a Day. This is a competition that again takes place on site during an festival known as Art Squared. You can work on a visual art piece, compose some music, or write a story or poem to enter for the chance to win cash prizes.

I’ve never done anything like this before. I used to be so self-conscious about having people watch me draw or create artwork, but since I do it around my students all them time, I’ve grown much more comfortable with it. I’m excited to have these experiences, and go public with my weird stuff 🙂

FYI, the title of this post was inspired by a Bitch & Animal song called Traffic. I encourage you to give it a listen, it’s painful and beautiful.

Big Plans

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Coming up next, my favorite part of being a teacher: PLANNING.

I’m not being sarcastic. It is the best. You research artwork for inspiration, skim Pinterest (ha! I kid. No one “skims” Pinterest.) for specific ideas, organize your thoughts into a neat little box, and put a snazzy bow on it.

I’m nearly salivating at the idea of meeting with the other teachers to drink beer and excitedly talk about art activities for kiddos.

Also, our water was supposed to be turned back on by now, but they must not be done with maintenance. I’m heading to my GLORIOUS PLANNING SESSION in a bit, so if they don’t get that water turned back on soon, there’s going to be an unpleasant surprise waiting for Stephen in the bathroom…