Yep! You read it right. This is my first ever blog from right her at my desk. I started out with Artsonia last year at my school and this year started this beautiful webpage to showcase our students amazing art and I'm now delving into blogging. Thanks to Cassie Stevens, Laura Lohman and Ginger Pacer's influence. (Thanks ladies!)
I am formally known to my students as the "Art Ninja Master". We are all art ninjas in my art room which allows for some fun call backs and activities when we are lining up. (I'll explain that one in another post.)
This year so far our students have completed a DOT day project, their printmaking, and all are either working or finishing up some painting projects. I'll delve into those in separate posts as well to show some details and photos. (I LOVE photos!! Ok, so yea, maybe because I'm a photographer too.)
This is my 18th year of teaching but only my 2nd in K-5. Let me explain. I started out formally trained in art at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. It was a fantastic education and anyone wanting to go into the art field should definitely check it out! After graduation I jumped into advertising and graphic design and held a position of art director at a few companies in Columbus. When I was at one of those jobs an opportunity came knocking at my door and I wound up teaching at my alma mater. (A pretty sweet deal.) I taught at CCAD for 16 years and loved it. Being immersed in art education as a coulee instructor has taught me so much and working in the field as a professional artist has be awesome. I haven't stopped doing art and you can still find me creating a logo or doing some page layout for someone here and there.
To keep my blog somewhat short (ok, maybe I've already passed the short part) I'll whittle down all of my other experiences. I've been a professional photographer, taught art at an art camp (my art camp) for 10 years, subbed in the schools for 5 years and now here I am.
I look at K-5 education with the thought that I can help these children learn all of their content areas using the visual arts. Helping them to see the world differently and having an appreciation for what they see. I absolutely love the ah-ha moments when a kindergartener says, "I didn't know you could mix those to colors to get that one."
So stay tuned, visit often, learn a little and enjoy what we've been creating.