In a message dated 07/22/2001 9:31:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
I went NOMAIL for a few weeks. No time for anything but a class at The
Massachusetts College of Art in "Art Inspired Teaching." Wonderful being in
class again, with art teachers so I didn't have to explain the importance of
teaching art. Each afternoon, after important and interesting morning
discussions and presentations we had studio time and then an hour's crit or
discussion. There was one 6th grade classroom teacher from a school where the
classroom teachers are expected to teach Art, Music and Phys Ed. She did not
know this when she took the job. She's miserable, because she feels she's not
doing these subjects justice. She almost left after the first day because she
said she couldn't think like an artist. Teachers gathered around and gave her
a starting point and she spent, we thought, a useful two weeks. She will
spend time with me in my classroom next week.
I actually put a paint brush to paper and found that I still understood what
I was doing. We used CRAYOLA tempera paints, and I played with my
watercolors. The Crayola paints were a nice surprise. They are too expensive
for my school to order, but I really liked working with them. I might try a
fund raiser to be able to get them for my kids. The color mixing was right on!
Long days, leaving home at 6:30 AM and returning at 7:30 PM.
One good thing: School was locked up tight at 3:30 each afternoon, so I
couldn't go work in my room, even if I had wanted to.
The weeks were worth it, even though my car was stolen in Boston (Lojack
found it) and my saddle was still in it! And my ankle still hurts from
spraining it five weeks ago.
But Christine's post about having time to enjoy her horse, made me miss my
nightly visits with my horse of 27 years. He was my therapy after each day
of hard work. Made it possible to go home and reenergize for the next day.
Now, unrideable and arthritic with narcolepsy, he's retired and lives an hour
away on Mt. Wachusett, in a wonderful place. But I only visit once a week for
a pat and treat feeding session.
Now I come home and have a glass of wine, and practice my watercolor painting
instead of a nightly ride.
As another renewal effort, I again took a journal-making course with John
MacPhee from Franklin, MA, and Joy Seidler, from Medway. They offer this
course each year, and I keep going. A time to work and reflect. It always
brings me back to thinking about myself instead of the problems at school.
My friends say, why do you take courses? Relax, rest. I love the courses, the
interaction with other teachers and adults. They are easy compared to
I missed the list, glad I came back during this discussion, thanks to Eileen
(PrimaryE) and Woody, who found the way to re-subscribe.