Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~Twyla Tharp

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

This Year's Art Brochure

Every year, I redo my rules and procedures to try to best reflect what I hope to do that year in the art room. Below is my art brochure for this year. I'll share it with my students the first day that they are in class. I hope that they bring it home to share with their families. As always, I hope that I have covered everything that I need to cover so there aren't any questions about what is expected but I am sure that I have left something out. It's hard to streamline everything into just one page and put it into an interesting format. How do you inform your students and their families about what is going on in your classroom? Do you send home a parent letter, let the kids know or just hope for the best?

Saturday, August 17, 2013


I teach Middle School and we don't use a lot of crayons, but I have to admit that I LOVE them. Did you know that crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons a year? That's 12 million a day! There are over 120 colors (not including specialty colors) and blue is the favorite. I love everything about crayons. I love the colors, I love the names and I could get lost in the scent. Everything you want to know about Crayola but aren't afraid to ask. Who thinks this is the best Back-to-School supply, ever?
Today, I might just go get myself a nice box of brand new crayons. And then I will sort them by color in the box. Anyone else ever do that? Okay, just me. Never mind. What is your favorite Back-to-School supply? I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I walked into school the other day for a meeting, a few days before teachers officially return on Monday, August 19th.  Out of habit, I went through the office to check my mailbox (a couple of catalogs, not much else) and I glanced down at all the boxes on the floor.  One of them has my last name scrawled on it with marker.  A box from Blick art supplies

My heart leapt a little bit.  A BOX OF ART SUPPLIES.  For me! 

I don't want to admit it, but I am a little bit excited about getting back to school.

Mercy, they are going to take away my teacher card if they find out.

Who else is excited about the upcoming school year?