Thursday, December 29, 2016

#ATCswap update

The New Year is days away.  As I reflect on the past semester, 
participating in the #ATCswap was the highlight of my school year. 
It was like Christmas opening the cards we received from Nic Haun's amazing swap. 

The excitement was global. My student's received two packets of cards from Italy.  I was able to use my projector to show the kids this amazing post from which showed how her creative and talented students created the cards they received.  Thank you Miriam for sending your treasures and creating a post to link the global trading card process. Thank you Nic for pulling it all together in your informative blog post here

Nic had the teachers create wrapping paper that provided a Pen Pal like information sheet to their students and where they live. Loving geography like I do, this was my favorite part. 

We sent our cards that we created from this post. 

Kim in Kimball NE even added a picture of her school. I will comment that we did receive some sheets that were blank and the back of the student cards were blank. If you participate in this swap next year, please add this information. My kids were captivated by the FACTS! 

These wonderful zentangles also came from Italy. Simply amazing.

Some of our cards were all different and some had a theme. I loved seeing the teacher part of this too.

These Scorpion Cards from Tara's school were also favorites with our scientific kids. 

All in all we receive a diverse group of cards that initiated many conversations. 

Twitter and Instagram has also been a great way to share our trade. 

Thanks so much Carissa for sharing on Twitter! 

After opening the package I thought about how this would look when we traded. I will say, some of my students are picky and their voice about the trading process opened a whole new conversation about art criticism in my classroom. Another bonus for this lesson!!

I have my 5th graders who participated as my first class of the day.
 I opened their folders and placed a writing reflection sheet created by Nic, love her and her TPT site
 I picked two cards for them based on their style and interests. I gave this a great deal of thought. 

And yes, I receive two cards too. Thanks Tim over at Art Room 161, and 
my needle felted card from the UK. 

After the writing, I let them have 5 minutes to do a gallery walk, then have time to swap one of their new cards or one of their own. I also let them swap with me my samples. This was a good way for the kids that ended up with younger students cards to fell better about the experience. 

Good job 5th grade! I know we achieved our goal of having a global art experience. 

See you next year Mini Matisse! Your blog, posts and TPT site rock. 
You created excitement in my art world in 2016!

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!