School started this week! Wow, what an adjustment going back. My feet and back are aching! I've had to get both kids ready for daycare in the morning, since my husband is on the morning shift for a few weeks, so I've been having to wake up so early! I've spent so much time on my art classroom this summer. We had an addition built to our school and they built ANOTHER ART ROOM! So exciting! I have the old room, but now I do not have to share a room anymore, so we have so much MORE SPACE to spread out into. I thought I would show you some of the fun parts of my room. If you want to see more pictures in my classroom, you can visit my art teaching blog Art is Basic.
Ahh! School is starting in less than 2 weeks! I'm not ready for summer to be over. We did a lot this summer and kept our days pretty full. But, I'm not ready to leave my little guy all day. He's so used to be with me 24/7. Daria, on the other hand, will be totally fine at school all day. She's starting 4k this year and she loves being around other kids all the time, so I'm sure she will enjoy having lots of kids her age to play with.
My art classroom is looking Ah-Mazing! I've been working on it so much and organizing & cleaning everything. I'm so excited to have an organized year! I will post pics when I get everything how I want it to be.
I had a couple pages from my art journal I haven't shared yet, so I thought I'd just place them all in one big blog post.
These have so many layers, because I started the page and didn't like where it was going, so I kept covering up more and more parts.
This page has acrylic paint, paint markers, washi tape, white pen, homemade stickers and black pen.
This one with the little guy is in progress and I am going to add some words inside the circle. I cut out one of the characters I drew on this page.
I'm planning on cutting out all those little guys and making them into new collages.
For those of you who read my art teacher blog, this is a cross-post. Sometimes what I write about there might be interesting for you here.
I have a rare moment of quiet. My 4 year old is out to lunch with her
cousins and my 4 month old is taking a nap. You know you’re a teacher
when the first thing you think is.. “ooh! I can make some signs for my
classroom.” Then, the second thing you think is “I could write a blog
post!” Maybe I will have time to do both. It’s really amazing how much
you can get done in a short time when you know you won’t have time
later. It’s like when you have company coming over and you manage to
clean your whole house in 20 minutes.
We have 2 weeks until we go back to school. My room is coming
together! I’ve been in quite a few times sorting and organizing. I
will give you a “room tour” later. I’ve really enjoyed seeing lots of
other art rooms in the blogs and Facebook groups. It has given me some
good ideas for organization.
I wanted to show you what books I’ve been reading lately in case you are looking for something to read.
really recommend this book for those of you who work with preschool
& early childhood (Kinders/1st grade). I really like how the author
references living artists and I like how the art projects are process
oriented, rather than cute little projects. I’ve read this whole book
and I took notes on ideas for this coming year!
Here are four books that you might enjoy as an art teacher.
1. Raising Self Reliant Children: I have started reading this book and I’m a few chapters in. So far, it
gives an insight about raising children in our current society.
2. God's Pencils, Christian Parenting & Teaching in the 21st Century: While I don’t teach at a Christian school, it is always interesting to
read about teaching from a Christian worldview (and I mean, teaching
kids kindness/respect/responsibility, not the religious principles.. as
that wouldn’t fly in a non-Christian school.) Also, I like reading these
kinds of books as a reminder for my own attitudes while teaching.. ie.,
each child/adult in the school is a child of God. I have not read this
whole book but I’m looking forward to it!
4. Are you looking for some fresh watercolor ideas for your classroom? This book has some good inspiration. One Watercolor A Day
My mom gave me the book on the left and we read the book on the right
for my book club. Both books were quick and easy reads. Both books
are motherhood memoirs. Between both of them, I would recommend Operating Instructions. It was funny and relate-able. The other book, Planting Dandelions had it’s good parts, but there wasn’t a lot of substance. At the end of
reading it, I kind of thought, “what actually happened in this book?”
The books has short chapters of essays on things that she experienced as
a new mom. We all agreed that that the author was way too flippant
about cheating on her husband and that kind of turned us off at the
I struggle with how to talk to my daughter about keeping safe and
interacting with strangers. I don’t want to scare her so much she’s
afraid of everyone, but I do want her to be aware that dangers are out
there. If you are a parent, read this! I’m about half way through and
it’s so good. It’s a quick and engaging read and gives you lots of
practical advice on how to talk to your kids about safety and trust your
Are you reading anything good? I’m still waiting for the copy of Teach Like a Pirate
to be ready for me at the library! I’m on a mission to get
“clutter-free” or as clutter free as possible, so I’m trying to get
most books from the library instead of purchasing them. After I finish
books, I try to pass them on or sell them in our garage sale, otherwise
it just adds to the clutter.
Disclosure: If you do decide to buy these books, the links in this post are Amazon affiliate links.
And finally some punched shape packages with shapes punched from scrapbooking paper, painted papers and my own artwork! You can use these in your collages, scrapbooking or throw them in goodie bags for a little surprise.