Teach art to about 600 elementary school students. It’s an adventure, to say the least.
[(6 classes per day) + (art supplies)] ² · 600 kids =
600 future Picassos — (1 tired teacher + 1 messy room) ³
I do feel like my school days are a complicated math problem that I have to figure out as we go. And sometimes, I’m amazed to find at the end of the day that we actually did accomplish everything that was planned. Sometimes even in one piece!
We move at breakneck speed most of the time. 50 minutes to…
Welcome to art!…keep your hands to yourself!…listen to directions!…put on your aprons!…pass out the paint and brushes and water!…write your name on the back!…don’t spill the water!…Oops, you spilled the water!…share with your neighbor!…NOT TOO MUCH GLUE!…aww, you got paint on your face!…GOOD JOB! now, go wash your hands!…help clean up!…hurry! there’s another class waiting in the hall!…
But, the good thing is that I’m inspired and entertained all day long by some great kids, who create some awesome work. And, we have a pretty amazing room to do it all in. Here’s a look into our world.
No, this is not a party! Serious work goes on in here!