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Re: [teacherartexchange] my "studio" in my classroom


From: Jayna Huffines (jayna_99_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2006 - 11:26:38 PDT

Thanks so much for sharing- my best work had been the
paintings that I've done in my classroom. There is
just too much to do at home for me to start anything
there,(I have a two year old son) and if I set up my
easel at school, I can leave it up for longer periods
of time. My students and my friends at school give me
great feedback; middle schoolers are super honest.
They will tell you when they think you should fix
something- thanks for the post, Becky, you've inspired
me to start something new. I am headed to the craft
store to buy beads (beaded jewelry is my latest
obsession) and I think I'll pick up a canvas while I'm
there! I have a photograph I took of a monastery in
Mystras (Greece)that I have been dying to translate in
acrylics. Thanks again for the inspiration!

--- Rebecca Burch <> wrote:

> So what prompted my whole inner-discussion about the
> "Those who
> can..." comment yesterday? I'll tell you.
> I've started painting for myself again. After
> having children and
> starting a new career, I found that time was short
> (no duh, right?)
> and I had to give up some things -- mainly
> everything that doesn't
> have anything to do with laundry, dinner, or
> childcare. I missed it,
> though, and decided I needed to start painting
> again. I don't have a
> place at home where I can set up my paints (yet...
> waiting for the
> husband to clean out part of the garage) and so I
> decided to set up my
> "studio" in a corner of my classroom where I can
> work after school.
> The administration was not only supportive of my
> plan, but my
> principal said, "I strongly encourage you to persue
> your own art! You
> really need to do this!"
> This is the BEST thing I've ever done! The kids
> flock to my room
> before the first bell to see what I've done since
> the day before, and
> it has begun so many great classroom conversations
> about actually
> making a living as an artist. But, the most
> exciting development has
> been the surprise I see on so many faces -- "You
> mean, YOU can
> actually PAINT? So why are you a teacher?" I get
> this from kids AND
> adults. It's amazing that so many people assume
> that if you're a
> teacher, you have no real talent or knowledge. Sad,
> really. Anyway,
> this setup has been really great for everyone! I
> think that after I
> get my little "studio" put together at home, I'm
> still going to keep a
> painting going in my classroom, too.
> If you're interested, you can see what I've been up
> to:
> . It's a work in
> progress (and I've
> got a lot of work to do) but I put it online so my
> grownup friends
> could follow along, too.
> Becky
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