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New Table Hangy Thingies

My wonderful friend and colleague Sunny Lee Mowery, hooked me up with these awesome giant tubes that she used to make crayon table color mobile type things. When she mentioned on social media that she had some extra tubes, that is of course the first idea I had too! How perfect!

So they were really long tubes. And out of laziness and lack of resources (no saw) I was just going to leave them long. …and then I thought about how much more work it would be to paint and decorate a longer one, and how much more difficult it would be to hang it. So I made a trip to the local big box hardware store and bought a handsaw and and hacked those suckers in half:File_000 (2)That was not easy. But I got a good arm workout!

I took them outside laid them on a tarp and spray painted them. Again, I was feeling lazy… well really it was that I had a LOT of other stuff to accomplish and this felt like something I could shortcut. I even enlisted the help of a fellow teacher/friend from my school, Katy. (Thank you Katy!)File_000 (1)File_001 (2)

I was pretty into the little colorful sun shapes we were making on the tarp…File_008

File_001 (1)This is Ms. Katy who helped me. Yay Katy!! Thanks again!!

The following week, I had my student teacher for this fall, Mr. Romoero, help me decorate and hang them. BTW, I decided to not give them pointy tips and just call them pastels. (You know, b/c I am trying to conserve time here!) Mr. Romero wrote the colors in English and Spanish for me, and gave them a simple little swirl line.

I am pretty happy with the results and love color coding my room. Soon I will have my bins that will also match the color of the table. Colored tables, colored bins, colored pastel table identifier thingies… Rainbows everywhere!!! Below you can see a couple of them hanging in the room. Later on I will do a full room post showing how the room looks this year (not totally ready). File_002

End of the Year! Me, oh my! The time sure did fly!

So, I did not post on this nearly as much as I intended to this year because everything just got so super busy. As I sit here at my desk, while all my regularly scheduled classes are on field trips, I silently agree with myself that now is a great time for a little reflection, with more to come later.

It’s been a rough but productive year. The district had some issues with the substitute teacher service they shelled money out for, and many teachers were called upon repeatedly for coverage. All across the district this was happening. Some teachers got it worse than others. Some principals would cancel entire classes or specials periods to have teachers cover. Naturally this was frustrating and exhausting for many, especially when there is still so much that is expected to get done by us, but that time to get it done is taken away. So that had a lot of people on edge, including myself. Anytime my room phone would ring, I cringed.

I stayed late many days to get caught up. And by the time I got home, I was pooped. Yet still, I had to summon up the energy to organize and plan meetings for the Philadelphia Art Teacher Alliance. It’s a labor of love, though. I love what I do, and I love being able to connect with other people who love art education as well- teachers or advocates.

I look forward to spending my third year in the same school and second year in the same room next school year. My rapport with students will have grown, and I will be more equipped to meet their needs artistically and expressively…more holistically all around too, really. Being in the same room, will allow me more time to focus on refining my lessons, and weeding out the not so great ones. I also hope for better camaraderie with my colleagues in the school building. I LOVE my basement room, but feel a little left out at times… I know… boo hoo, call the wambulance. But seriously, I want to connect with them more, and connect my art lessons to what they are doing in their classrooms more.

Consider this my summer to do list:

-blog/reflect on each lesson.

-write new lessons

-plan field trips

-plan locations for PATA meetings

-reach out to local artists to come into my classroom

-write DonorsChoose project for adaptive art materials and for printmaking supplies

-fundraise!

-visual verbal journal everyday

-refine student self-assessment sheet- one for all to use…or maybe k-2 and 3-8

– think of more stuff to do

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Jobs

On Tuesday, February 23, 7th grade students had the opportunity to go to an Arts related job fair called “Cool Jobs” put on by Fresh Artists. Students heard from a furniture designer who uses unconventional materials, a mural artist, an architect, and a culinary artist. It was so interesting to hear all the stories and we are so grateful to have been included in the fair. I hope some of my students feel inspired to pursue a career in the arts! And maybe next time we will get to see the shoe designer, photographer, print maker, and all the other exciting art jobs!!

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pARTners are making it happen!

pARTners

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with my pARTners* from Methacton High School. Mrs. Ferenchak & Ms. McCauely are the cosponsors of their NAHS and have worked with their students to help provide some supplies for the Nebinger art room. I am very grateful for their contribution! They plan to continue fundraising, which of course, I am continually grateful and super ecstatic for.

It was so nice to meet with the students and learn a little about them, all while enjoying my favorite bagel in the whole world at Panera Bread. I wish the seniors much luck in college!!

Sidenote- After we parted ways, I went to the Container Store…because it was right there…It was my first time. Oh. My. Gawd. I was in color coded organization heaven! Anyone who knows me well, knows I love to organize my art room. This place will break my wallet for sure. So many ways to organize!!

*pARTners is a pilot program started with the PAEA (Pennsylvania Art Education Association) and PATA (Philadelphia Art Teachers Alliance). This amazing program was developed by Robin Brewer to help support teachers in settings where they have little to know budget (such as the SDP). In this pilot program, teachers with a National Art Honors Society in the suburbs were paired with a teacher from the School District of Philadelphia who is also active in PATA.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Partners Finale

We finished up our time with our resident artist Donna Backues recently. It was an amazing few months, where every Friday Donna would come in and work with my 6th-7th grade studio art students (a pull out class for extra art). For 90 minutes each session, students worked intensively with Donna to complete a collaborative Batik piece, which is now on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until the end of January. In March it will be on display with the Young Artists show at the School District of Philadelphia’s headquarters at 440 N. Broad St.

The experience of working with a resident artist was fantastic and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to bring this to my students. I am certain they learned a lot from Donna, as did I, and they gained a tremendous amount of creative growth from the experience.

We completed our time with Donna with a final trip to the PMA to see our work on display and to enjoy some lovely cake! Thank you Donna for all your hard work, and thank you Philadelphia Museum of Art for the experience. We are quite proud of the Nebinger art work on display!

Art, art, everywhere…

I have not posted in a while. Sorry. It’s been super busy y’all! I got a lot of art hung up recently. It’s all in Nebinger’s auditorium “gallery” space. Endless white walls for me to hang on.

Here you see the kindergarten “Birds of a Color” or “For the Birds” project… whichever title you prefer. They mixed their own secondary colors and learned a few different ways to draw birds, all after watching Pixar’s “For the Birds”.
These are the third grade pop art portraits done in primary colors.   Below are 1st grader’s row home cityscapes, inspired by the colors and lines in the landscapes of Ted Harrison. If you are not familiar with his work, look it up. Total eye candy for kids and adults alike.
These are the 6th grade “Half-a-Selfie” portraits. Pretty self explanatory. We did a lot of prep to learn how to draw the face. I feel like a lot of them were still very uncomfortable with this though, but for it only being their second year having a formal art class (or any art at all), I think they did pretty good! Now if we could just get them to focus more and less with the talking. 😉  Here we have the 5th grade “Minecraft Me” pixelated portraits made from 1″ squares of paint chips donated by Fresh Artist and Behr paints. These were  A LOT of work to do, but I think they are quite interesting to see! 

Feel free to get in touch with me about any of the lessons. Some I found inspiration from other lessons on the web, some are classics, and some are inspired by friends. 🙂

Come check out Nebinger’s art again soon!!!

A tree for the seasons…

I did this once a long while ago when I taught elementary in Delaware. I made a tree and changed its leaves, decoration, and animals for each season. I decided to do that here at Nebinger this year since I have a big ok basement hallway to play around with.

 


This is just the start of it… Hard to find the extra time to work on this. I need more leaves for the “ground” to represent the falling of the leaves in autumn. The leaves up there now were made by the lower grade autistic support classes.

We will change it to no leaves during winter (maybe keep some on the ground) and add snow and snowflakes. Maybe even some snowy owls.