Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Passion is Purpose

Who inspires you and how can you stay inspired so that you can stay passionate in the classroom?
On Saturday, the Queen of the art classroom, Cassie Stephens, shared with the Texas Art Teachers her path to creating a successful blog that has inspired so many teachers. 

As I spent time with her, almost every teacher that stopped to have a picture taken with her commented how inspirational her blog was during times of need.
 Not all of the teachers were women and not all teachers were young. 
It was a very diverse group. 

This teacher in the background is my favorite.
 Laura and Cassie didn't see the art teacher havin a snack until later!

Her message was Simply Amazing.
Having passionate art making in your life keeps you parallel to your art career. 
Both passions feed off of each other.

I don't know how she does it, but her humor reached us all in the audience, with a dash of tears too.

Following her keynote speech we hustled her to a classroom for her Needle Felting workshop.

Our organization provided 75 kits from Sue @ Back to Back Fiber. About 25 more teachers joined to listen.

Everyone started with a pallet version of a hair clip tutorial. 
Some of the amazing art teachers brought items to felt onto also.

She also showed how to do additional tricks like monograms. Check out her youtube .

This is our Dallas Team!
Tracy Evans, Laura Grundler, Cassie, Matt Grundler and myself

This was by far the most fun and successful conference I have attended. 
Thank you Cassie!


Monday, November 21, 2016

#TAEA16 Dallas was amazing!

Why???  Because of these guys and a few more amazing art buddies too! 
Laura Grundler from #k12artchat and who happens to be my boss lady too, 
buddied up with the most amazing Cassie Stephens
Laura and her Dallas team spent many long hours preparing for this state event.
She told me she wanted everyone to have fun and learn from Cassie about how she found her 
Passion as a teacher and artist!

Cassie was our keynote speaker and presenter on Saturday
at TAEA's conference here in Dallas this past weekend. 
 My friend Tracy Evans and I got the job as Handlers!
As follower of hers for more than two years, we were all virtual friends. 

You see Cassie is kind of Popular. It is really hard to get her from point A to B.
I had to use my school teacher voice a few times so that we didn't stop traffic. 

But she is so kind to welcomed each teacher with a hug and posed for pictures. 

As you can see a lot of the teachers love to dress Arty Too!

Tracy made these really cool signs that we had at the airport! 
Yes, we were those people yelling at her when she arrived!

On Thursday Morning we hit the ground running after fueling ourselves with Coffee, 
yes her favorite beverage!

I scouted out a vintage store near the hotel. We also picked up another art celebrity 
Ms. Donna Staten who is a Texas art teacher as well as the Queen of Pinterest.
 Did you know she now has 500 art teacher boards!
I was so glad my friend and roomie Karen was able to be my supporter
as we all became friends talking about our passion of teaching art. 

We returned to the hotel for vendor shopping a lots of Photo talking.

My biggest takeaway was the diversity of the teachers that had their pictures taken with Cassie.
Many had tears in their eyes as they thanked her for her blog, and videos that they say saved them in the classroom when things were not going well, or gave confidence as a new teacher. 

We also noticed the different ways that people mentioned following her.
Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and Twitter along with Instagram.
She mentioned that she doesn't worry about over sharing. 

We did a lot of over sharing and you can find the pictures with the hashtag #TAEA16

On Friday we spent the afternoon away from the hotel at the Cowboy Stadium.

Not only is she kind, but she is the cutest art teacher! She can also tell the hilarious stories!!
 Goodness my checks still hurt from laughing. 

It was so interesting learning about how the artists designed the spaces. The Arlington Public schools have a program for all 5th graders to view the exhibit and have a creating experience tool. 
Lucky Kids! Go Cowboys!!

On Friday night after we returned things got a little crazy!

Yes we photo bombed the Future Leaders of America having a crazy sweater photo session.

There might have been a Mannequin challenge too. 

All of these was leading up to Saturday's big day.
Cassie was the keynote speaker Saturday and taught over 75 teacher how to Needle Felt!
Check back tomorrow for more on that!

Monday, November 7, 2016

#ATCSwap update

My 5th graders participated in the #ATCswap that Minimatisse organized this year. My goal is for my students to learn that art it not just inside the classroom, but everywhere. 
I have to say as a teacher, this was very exciting for me and the students were equally excited.

Dot Day was a blast! Using the 2.5 x 3.5 canvas we were free to experiment.

I used some of Nic's awesome lessons on her her blog and youtube site also. Thanks!!

These were some of our Gelli and leaf stamping experimentation cards.

Each weeks art lesson had a theme and the student collected their cards in pocket sleeves in a folder.
This was a great way to check for understanding and making sure they were on task.  
The students also uploaded their cards onto their Creatubbles page. 
Look for me on Creatubbles
I documented our progress as a time line on my school 
@skaggsart twitter account and my Instagram account. 
BTW I also wrote my teacher goal for my professional development to fit this global theme. 

I also ordered the self inking stamp Nic recommended but personalized it for our school. 

Thanks Gina, at

We mailed 182 cards on Friday. We will get back 182 cards after the New Year for the students to add to their Trading Card folder. I am also planning a local trade with two other school in Plano that participated in December so that my kiddos can have at least 3 other cards from other students. The hardest part was giving up their cards. I hope that the new year will open their eyes to receiving art from other kids and learning that art is not inside the classroom, but everywhere.