Summer months are slow in blogland for teachers. Most art teachers are taking a break from teaching all day. Some are doing art camps or personal travels, but I know that in the summer months, not as many teachers post ideas, since we're not teaching full time now. However, summer free time is a perfect time to research ideas, look at art eye candy, experiment and have fun! So, what I would like to do to help you out in this summer is to feature different blogs. Maybe one per week (or more if more people respond). This will be awesome in several ways. First, you will be able to get a taste of everyone's favorite art projects and visit new and different blogs. Second, YOUR BLOG could (and will, if you submit a response to me) be featured and more people will visit you and see all the wonderful things you are doing. We all make new friends and get new ideas for next year! Sounds great? Well it will be!! So I need your help. If you want to be featured on my blog, then answer the following questions. Please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't comment on this post with your answers. If you do email me your answers, you will give me permission to post a couple images from your blog to include in the blog post (with of course, a link to your blog). If you only feel like answering a few questions, that is fine too. I would also be happy to feature your own personal artwork.
1. The name and URL of your blog
2. A brief description of your blog and why it is awesome. Tell us where you live and work, what you do, etc.
3. An example of a tried and true art lesson favorite that you have taught. (could be in a workshop setting, school setting, or just with your own children or yourself, no exclusions here!) Give me a link to a post about that lesson, so I can include a link and photo.
4. A favorite, must-have art teacher or art technique book.
5. Your favorite product for the art room.
So, what are you waiting for? Email me today about your blog!!
Here is my example.
The name of my blog is Vivid Layers, because I tend to use bright colors in my artwork and I love the look of layers in art. There are many layers of learning in education and art is an important layer in a child's foundation of knowledge.
I teach at a school for academically gifted and talented students. It is a private school in Madison, WI. I love teaching at this school and the kids are wonderful. I work with grades K-6, although the school goes up to 8th grade. My students have art for 40 minutes, twice per week.
One of my favorite art lessons this year was the Pacific Northwest Coast paper mache masks. with the 3rd and 4th grades. They were so much fun and the kids LOVED it. We got so many compliments on these masks.
A favorite art product for Crayola Color Switcher markers-- the kids love them and they look awesome!
A favorite art book of mine: Beautiful Oops!