Thursday, December 10, 2009

Closing Chapters and Kiddie Art

It is crazy how things change so fast. Tomorrow I am going to be closing a chapter of my life when I walk across the stage to graduate from college. College has been a great ride. Whoever said that high school are the best years of your life must have been seriously delusional. These last three years I have made friends in my colleagues and instructors that I don't know what I would do without. Over the next six months I'm going to be auditing a few studio classes to keep my hand in my artwork. I recently applied to the art education masters program at the University of Georgia and will be putting in another application at Florida State in January. Along with that I'll be putting out job applications for a teaching gig...from all that who knows? Just keeping my fingers crossed.


Anyway, I have thoroughly enjoyed my teaching internship (although, it did get a little crazy at times) below I posted a few pictures of my students' work from both the elementary school and middle school I taught at. These kids are a really talented bunch. I have to say, the ones that impressed me the most were the little guys. They don't think, they just do it-and not as they see it either, but how they feel and know it. A skill some adults seem to have unlearned at times. (Guilty as charged.) I guess Picasso was right, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."





Kindergarten/ First Grade Project- Abstract Drawings of Chair















Yes, this is also from the chair project. This little girl started out with a drawing of said chair in the middle of the room, then proceed to turn her paper sideways. Now we have a plane. Artistic innovation from a five-year-old stand point.

Kindergarten/First Grade-Positive and Negative Shape Relationships








Kindergarten/First Grade- Collage of Geometric and Organic Shapes




Seventh/Eighth Grade- "The Power of Peace" Poster Contest and Graphic Design Intro.




Seventh/Eighth Grade-Still Life Value Drawing


























Monday, November 23, 2009

New Things and Old

It has been a little longer than intended to post again. My computer crashed about a month ago, so I've been at the mercy of the USM library for internet access. Things have been really busy with student teaching. The kids are great. There is something about Kindergarten and first grade ages when it comes to art. They get so excited about creating things and have next to no fear about trying something new. After working with middle school kids, the enthusiasm was a bit of a culture shock.

Well, after much thought and consideration I've decided to bite the bullet and put in grad school applications for my masters in art education. This week has been insane trying to get together the bulk of my digital portfolio. I'm afraid the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday isn't going to be much of one with student teaching documents to finish up and purpose statements to write. Just one more hurdle. Almost done. I think that statement is going to be a mantra for quite a few people over the "break".

For those of you who don't know USM seniors are gearing up for their show on Thursday of next week. My friends Dustin, Taylor, Scarlett, and Georgie have really been hard at it this semester trying to get everything ready for it. Come on out and support them on the 3rd. The opening reception starts at 4pm and last until 6. If you miss the reception their work will be in the Museum of Art until the 11th.

I know logging hours in the studio can be pretty rough when you have a big project over your head, but after a few semesters off I'm ready to be back in there. Since I'm not going to be busting it on psychology classes next semester I have the opportunity to take a few more studios. I want to get back into painting and ceramics again. I'm looking forward to get a chance at doing more throwing on the wheel. I've been doing a little bit of painting and drawing over the last few months. Below are some images of things I have been working on.























































Not too terribly much, but it's a start. Next time I hope to post a few pictures of some of my students' work. Have a happy holiday everyone. Don't forget the senior show next week!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

So it begins...

First post. I've been thinking about getting a blog for awhile now and finally took the plunge. This thing is basically a documentary of my studio work progress as well as general progress in life as I enter the "real world". I have always had trouble making decisions. Choosing what to do with my life is no exception. Over the past few years what-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up has changed from psychologist, work in an art museum, teach college, art therapy, studio artist/ teach college, member of the PeaceCorps, and elementary art teacher. I toyed with the idea of graduate school for one of these, but due to the fact I'm having trouble figuring out what to be dedicated to, I think the dropping a few grand right now would be rather pointless.

People (especially kids) and art have been my life. I want to do something with my life that will incorporate both. Preferably, something to do with both that will pay my bills. Here's to the new journey.

Cheers.
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