Facilitating Creativity

A lot has happened in the past month, so much I haven’t had time to keep up with writing about it all! I taught two faculty paint nights as team building workshops! Both went extremely well and everyone left feeling like an artist! First we painted a lighthouse, because Ridgely is a Baltimore County Lighthouse School,…

7 Deadly Sins: Mixed Media

Michael Bell and David Modler presented a hands on workshop at the NAEA convention in Chicago that was the highlight of my convention experience. The workshop began with each participant in a group of 4, there were 7 groups…this would work perfectly for any classroom.  Each group received a laminated card with one of the…

LEAD! #NAEA16

The National Art Education Association held its annual art convention in Chicago this year! A big change from last year’s convention in New Orleans. The convention asked us to Lead, and Share our vision for Art Education. This was a powerful convention, full of STEAM, Arts Integration and Holistic learning. We proclaimed our importance as…

Expo Experts!

Mantle of the Expert: Artist can research art supplies, and create sales characters and displays. Artist will present found information, along with an activity during a class expo. character application Art Expo Material Notes We spent about one whole week researching and preparing our displays and characters. The expo was held on American Education Week….

Halfway through…

The second quarter has come to an end, that means we are halfway through the school year already. It’s hard to believe! Second quarter was full of fun! Students created so many amazing things, using their skills and imagination. 8th grade gt students completed their mantle of the expert art presentations which were amazing.  …

Reflect and Create again

2015 was a year of progress, it felt as though I sprinted to the end! Everything moved forward and fast. I like to write down all of the amazing things I’ve done in an ending year as  a reminder to be grateful for what I have and to be excited for what’s to come in the…

First quarter down…

What an eventful first quarter it has been! My student artists have completed a variety of projects, focusing on the Elements and Principles of Art along with other techniques. They have had multiple opportunities to be Ceeqers and to really personalize their learning. Our first big project was our locker name tags. It was a…

MAEA Conference 2015

The 2015 MAEA conference was definitely a nice experience for me. When I arrived at Centennial High School, in Ellicott City, I was happy that there was plenty of parking available because there were a LOT of teachers attending the conference. Teaching artists lined the halls with their own personal art for sale, and there…

Be a CEEQER … Resources

A few resources for teaching and learning with the C.E.E.Q.E.R. model MAEA CEEQER resources ARTFUL THINKING routine CEEQER presentation on PowToon

I can and I WILL…

Wow, September just FLEW by!! I was absent the first two weeks of school because of a family emergency, my other half is feeling a lot better today. Not being at work those days was a big challenge for me, not only with taking care of Theo, but missing school. Its tough when you’re gone for…

….2….1…BLAST OFF

Tomorrow is the first day of my 8th year teaching, and I’m so ready to get in there and get this thing started! I have some plans drawn up for my room, I have been talking with my new room buddy ( I will have a floater, Language arts homeroom in my room), and I’ve…

Be a C.E.E.Q.E.R.

A while back I started reflecting on the different ways of learning that I have experienced throughout my life. I found that I am constantly creating, exploring, experimenting, questioning, expressing and reflecting. These six stages of experiencing have helped me grow personally and I can only imagine the benefits my students will receive from their implementation…