wow...Christine...you've been through much!
Life is hard...
living life...and a hard one, creates the depth of stuff which will bring
things about one day.
I'm fortunate at this time...being now an empty nester...my wife and I.
One thing I've seen on the faculty staff is that many like to do things
together. Golf...(which I like), eat out, biking, hunting, cross country
skiing, and snowmobiling. I'll do something once in awhile...but, I paint.
I often have my El Greco easel with...and have learned how to do an oil in
about 1-2 hours.
That's fortunate for me.
I think all should understand that while students know I'm an artist, it is
not a frequent thing where I am working on "my" stuff. I mean, even the
sake of classroom management of elementary classes in particular goes
against that. Can't turn your back for five minutes sometime right?
I don't want everyone confused here to thinking I go off in some corner any
given day of the week and paint while students work. No..no...no.
But...to be a working artist does not infer that work has to happen in the
I live in a small town. People know here if you sneeze the wrong
direction! <smile> Here the kids just sorta get to know ALL that you are
about and do. Their logging truck driving dad probably lets 'em know they
saw me out along side some road painting.
There are times though when my seniors..juniors are working hard, and for a
day or two are grossly involved not needing much from me. It allows me to
dab a few brushstrokes here and there. Right now, I'm working on providing
a painting for the seniors to raffle off to raise money for their senior
Then...sometimes I sit down with the kids to do the same thing they are.
Also...I know students don't like us art teachers grabbing a pencil or
brush to work directly on their work...so, I whip out many demonstrations
throughout the week. Kids watch...then go back to their work. They see I
I know also that many (most?) administrators are not trained in the arts,
and are inclined to try and evaluate a teacher with the same Madeline
Hunter methods as academics. They are not likely to understand how
learning is transferred to students by observing their teacher. Some
teachers may attempt to work on some stuff in their art rooms to their own
peril for such reasons. Odd though. The Literature teacher reads....the
Phy Ed teachers work out in the weight room or take laps in the pool. I'm
fortunate that I'm in a system where the superintendent and principal both
have high opinions of the value of art for the students.
Hope you find strength Christine to perform all your tasks. My wife has
fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome, and is on SSDI...so, I know about
some of these difficulties!
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