Artist trading cards

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about self care, about what I can do to make every day the best it can be by helping myself be my best. I had the idea of making artist trading cards that I could keep with me that were images that bring me joy. These are not finished yet, but I am liking them so far. Most of my thought process behind these is about color, though I have also used compositional ideas inspired by a list in an old sketchbook.

Welding class

For the past several weeks, I’ve been taking a welding class through adult ed. I am learning a lot and it is very fun! Here is my recent experiment with fillets:

I am looking forward to all the sculpture in my future, as well as practical applications. I wonder if I will be able to patch my car up….

Choice Based Classroom

Several years ago, I started hearing about an idea called choice based art education. This is a research-based philosophy of art education that focuses on helping students develop as artists, as opposed to focusing solely on producing artwork. In the summer of 2016, I took an online class through the Art of Ed dealing with this concept. This class  had lessons and readings on arranging the studio, classroom management, unit design, and advocacy, among other topics. I immediately began rearranging my studios to reflect this philosophy.

Starting to set up the drawing center. Each drawer was easily removable and labeled with words and a photograph of the supply it contained.