My first inspiration is my cooperative teacher. When I was student teaching she really helped me a lot. She was able to go through with me my strengths and weaknesses and how to strengthen my weaknesses. I got a lot of creative ideas that I now use in my classroom that I never seen before. She was a teacher for 15 plus years so she had lots of amazing ideas. I am so lucky to be able to teach next to her.
My second inspiration would have to be my Aunt Ginger. Having her in my life allowed me to become a better person. She is were I got my creativity. She was the most caring person I knew. She would literally take the shirt off her back if you needed it. She never cared about the material she just cared about the experience. I was able to learn a lot about her while she lived with me. How creative she was and how her love of music played a big roll in her life. She was who got me into a lot of great music! RIP Ging! ❤
Another inspiration would be my Aunt Fran. When I graduated college I had a hard time finding a job. She worked for a small Preschool so she was able to get me a job that still included education. I was able to work alongside her and learn so much. She help me be a better teacher. I was able to strengthening my classroom management skills along with teaching students more creative and effectively. She is a true inspiration and I am so happy I was able to work alongside her for a couple of years.
I found this teacher online. I find her so inspirational. Her name is Cassie Stephens. She is a Art Educator in Tennessee. She is super creative in her outfits along with her classroom. I think her goal one day is to turn her class into a rainbow! Lol But I love looking at her blog and getting so many ideas to try to implement into my classroom. She is very successful with her publish book and her speeches at Art Ed Conference. Her blog is https://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/
My 7th grade Art Teacher. She was the teacher that really got me into art. I went my early childhood going to Catholic Schools so I was not able to have art, maybe every other Friday and it would be construction paper and glue. When I went to 7th grade I went to a public school with an actual art class. I was able to work with clay, ink, paint, and much more. I knew then that I loved art and I was actually good at it. I never stop taking art class!
My college art professor would be my last inspiration. When I was going through college I was asked that question of what do you want to do for a living and what will be your degree here? Well I didn’t want to let go of art so I talked to her and asked her what I should do. I knew just graduating with art would not get me a good job so I was stumped. She helped me go through ideas on jobs and told me about art education. She let me know what she went through along with her husband who is also an art educator. I feel like if I never talked to her I wouldn’t be where I am now. She helped me a lot! I am so grateful!
What do you think Art Education is about? Finger painting? Arts and Crafts? Talking to some non Art Educators they think that! I understand that some people who are not interested in the arts can see that. Art Education is so much more than that! It is so essential in school but it is usually the first thing to go!
Why do you think art is just painting and drawing? I understand art can be frustrating but when you look at me and think that I am not teaching students the essential for life you are wrong! I am not the finger paint teacher, I am the art teacher. I am the person that will help you think creativity. I am the person who will help improve problem solving, self confidence, social skills and many more. I may even add a day where you paint with your finger but they will do it with creativity!
Art is so essential for children and adults. It has shown in studies how art can improve a child’s thinking and carry that into other classes. Why must something so important be taken out first in the schools? How are the students testing in those schools compared to the students that actually have the arts in their school?
Stop looking at art as a child’s activity or a simple arts and crafts. Open your eyes and really see the benefits of it. See how art can help the student express them self through so many different mediums. It will help them collaborate with other peers. Solve an issue when it comes arise. Being able to relax and go at your own pace, to create!
Art is more than finger painting. Art is more than crafts. It is more than drawing on paper. It is part of peoples lives. It saves people, makes them better, maybe even defines them. Art should always be available and I believe it should alway stay in the schools for our children. Fight to keep it alive and not let it be the first to go. Art must live.
1. This is of a 15 year old who is a famous fashion designer. She is very inspirational and I used her in my fashion lesson for 4th grade. It really boosted my students confidence in knowing that they can be that if they tried.
2. This 13 year old painter is amazing! She is very talented! I am so happy she followed her talent and love and now she is a millionaire. She can make a living doing something she loves to do. If you want your mouth to drop watch this!
5. Amazing motivation! Confidences! Some people can not get this positives with the obstacles that are put in their path. He shows that life is much more and that challenges are walls that you break down!
So looking at my lesson and how I teach, do I show equity? I like to say that I do but I think I can do better. This week I decided to ask my students what they like about art class and what they don’t like. I got many good response. They like how they can make cool things, how they can be creative, etc. Things they don’t like, writing down their assessment at the end of class. I guess writing is art class is a terrible thing! 🙂
I decided to get more from them and ask what they like to do. The amount of kids that like to watch or try drawing anime or cute drawings was crazy. The big thing, which I allow in my class, is How to Draw on Youtube. It really helps my kids boost their confidence in class. They learn how to draw along with drawing things they like. So I decided lets try connecting what they like and put it
into a project. My plan now is trying to connect what they like into my curriculum. Wobbling a little but I will get the flow!
I also watch some videos on equity in the arts. I feel like diversity in the classroom is important for my students. I do include culture in my curriculum but how can I combinewhat the kids are interested in with diversity/equity? Another wobbling moment that I would like to tackle. I have thought of some ideas but I really want it to be engaging yet inclusive.
3. Equity in the Art Room. This was a nice read about how art is beneficial for all students. This allows equity in school by sharing culture with students. Allowing story telling about different cultures through art.
4. This TED talk was a good watch! It talks about diversity and equity and how it is needed in the art. Showing equity and diversity in the arts will help inspire the students. Show what is out there!
5. Very interesting video! I like hearing the different ways artists see equity in the arts. I feel like it inspires me on what types of lessons I can start with in the elementary school that can show equity in the arts.
What do you want to be when you grow up? That question you start asking yourself as a kid. When you get to college they ask this to you but this time you have to be sure or you will lose lots of money. So for me I decided to combine two things I love to do. I love Art and I like to help others. I love what I do, but I do question my decision on days that are really hard. Do I wobble? OOOOOOHHHH YES!
I love seeing these pictures on Facebook about teaching and what you think it is like but what it really feels like. It makes me laugh because it is so true! It makes me feel better that I am not the only one feeling it. My struggles are like everyone else. Teaching is not easy and whoever says it is I need to go where they are! I have many wobble moments and I questions myself every time.
When can I get time to get the material ready for students?
Are they understanding the way I am instructing them?
How can I boost their confidence in the Art Room?
Are they bored? Can they relate?
Is this too hard for them or too easy?
Do I have enough objectives?
How can I cross curricular?
These and many more that I will face in the future really unbalanced me as a teacher and makes me wobble. What I do find and what I found this week was some flow. I had students working on projects, really engaged and excited about the outcome. I had one student tell me after he finished his landscape painting that he thought his painting was going to suck but it doesn’t! It made me feel happy to know that these kids are building confidences and applying it to their work.
I know I will alway have some wobble but I can say that it helps drive me to be a better teacher. I try not to let it get in the way to teaching equity. I want all my students to be able to learn in my classroom fairly and I challenge that wobble to try to get in my way! I find that it can have me question things but it also feeds me into being a better teacher. I grew up learning life is not alway easy, well teaching is not always easy. Some days I want to give up but that flow that I get in class, that positive moment, really helps me fight that wobble.
I love finding ways to help me better myself as a teacher and a person. Things that help or support me is….
Facebook– I follow many Art Education groups. The most helpful one is Art Elementary Teachers. It is so nice to get ideas from other educators along solving any problems that I have. It is nice to have people who has gone through wobbly moments like myself help you out.
Instagram– I love Instagram. Maybe obsess. I love pictures and videos, I guess you would say I am more a visual person. I follow A LOT of Art Teachers on there. I find it very inspiring to get ideas from other artist. I also get great comments on my pictures as well, so it is alway positive!
Pinterest– So this is the best thing in the world. This allows me to get maker and art ideas to implement in my classroom. It is so easy to use and I can go right to the site of the idea and get more information on what I need.
Cassie Stephens– This women is very inspiring. I found her a couple years ago online and love her ideas. She is so colorful both in outfit and personality. I love reading her blogs and getting inspired to create a fun project. I am also very jealous of her amazing outfits.
Art Sonia– This is a great site to get some ideas to implement in the classroom. I love the pictures of all the work. It really gets you motivated to make it. The site reminds me of Pinterest for Art Teachers. I highly recommend this to all art teachers to get ideas and inspiration for their classroom. It also helps inspire your students, showing their artwork to others.