Well, Mike, we all feel the way you do! We all have weaknesses. The
longer you teach, the more you strengthen those weaknesses, but there
will always be media that you feel more comfortable with or relate to
better. Thank goodness most kids get more than one art teacher in HS or
MS, and in our Elem. school we have two art teachers for our lucky
ducks. My weakness is printmaking. I need to take a class in it.
never have. I can do basic stuff like styrofoam printing, stamping,
stencils, etc. I teach collographs now and then, and they are such fun.
It's just not my "speak", so to speak, but I can fake it. My background
was mostly in ceramics and photography. I learned SO much about drawing
when I had to teach it. Nothing helped me as much as Drawing on the
Right Side of The Brain. No college drawing course ever came close to
bringing me to the understanding of how learnable drawing is as that
book did. It helps a lot if you don't teach in a vacuum. Is there
another art teacher at your school or near by that you can "art around"
with? The first teacher I worked with taught me a lot of her strengths
and vice versa. This list IS a godsend, and I say that after 25 years
of teaching! It's just the shot in the arm I needed before I discovered
it. No conferences ever benefited me to the degree that this list does
on a weekly basis. Sometimes daily! You know, the hard core readers
and contributors to this list could all be excellent arts curriculum
coordinators. I have lessons to last a million years from the info I
have seen on this site. It's all stored in my laptop,, or actually
burned to my CDs. Sometimes I think that would be a fun job, but I
honestly think I would miss the kids and the joy I get from seeing them
get excited about what they are creating. It's truly magical at times.
So, let me tell you, for a third year teacher, you are "da bomb." You
have NOTHING to worry about. Just keep doing what you are doing, as you
are obviously a natural and your kids obviously respond to you in a
phenomenal way. By the way, Judy posted today that I sent her the chair
photos and also a project that i alternated with chairs. The two
projects were called, "When is a Chair more than a chair?" and "When is
a box more than a box?" Same basic ideas, just different forms.
Retablos were sort of the same idea too. All are basically shrines to
an idea. She said she would post them to IAD and let everyone who is
interested know when she does. Shine on, Mike!
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.