Monday, August 31, 2015

What the Art Teacher Wore #146

 Always Been a Poor Listener Monday: So, we're doing our annual dress-a-color-a-day at our school, coordinated by our fab kindergarten teachers. On Monday, I was to wear red. I HAD ONE JOB. And I prolly didn't read the email/prolly read the email and still forgot. If it's not written on my hand in Sharpie, it ain't gonna happen, people. To my credit, there was a smidge of red in the skirt, y'all! top: garage sale; skirt: OMG, I love this thing! Just bought it from H&M; belt: Amazon; shoes: Shoe Carnival; hot pink polymer necklace: purchased from an artist in Charleston; palette hair clip: made by moi

Greetings, good buddies! I hope y'all have had the most fabulous week everrzz and are relaxed, rested and ready for another round o' fun-ness! This coming week involves a half day Friday and a lovely day off on Monday which, not gonna lie, I'm totes looking forward to. 

My email inbox has been bursting with the most amazing art teacherin' outfits from y'all and for that, I thank you! It makes me so happy every time I see one of y'all lookin' your artfully best. AND I know your students love you for it! If you'd like to submit to the What the Art Teacher Wore/Back to Art Teacherin' Contest (with the grand prize being a feature here, a photo in SchoolArts Magazine and a free yearly subscription), just shoot me an email of your beautiful self at cassieart75@gmail.com. I can't wait to see more snaps!

Also...thank you kindly for your positive response to my video clips! I'm glad you are enjoying them and finding them (um, somewhat) helpful. Due to your encouragement, I'll be sharing more (including one in this post!). I'd also love to hear what you might be interested in seeing/learning about. So just lemme know in el comment-os, kids! 

This week, aside from What I Wore I thought I'd throw another video into the mix. This one is about a lil technique I use every now and then called palming. It's a great way to calm and center the kids (think mindfulness) after a little bit of excitement. I learned this from one of my first and fave books on art teacherin' Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks. Hope y'all enjoy and I'll be back with you soon! 
Easy, right? I used it on Friday with a couple of my kindergarten classes and it worked like a charm. 
 Yellow Tuesday: Yellow has become my new fave color. The brighter, the better. I have yellow all over my house along with sky blue and vintage Caddy pink. My spirit colors, y'all. dress: vintage Swirl dress found in St. Louis; shoes: old, Target
 Blue Wednesday: One of my first grade students excitedly told me, "You have Pete the Cat on your shirt! Where's his school shoes?!" I love this outfit so stinkin' much I wore it on Saturday just so's I could call it my Caturday ensemble. Judge if you wanna. cat print top: H&M; skirt: Anthro label, purchased at a resale shop; belt: Pin Up Girl Clothing; head scarf: Vera! My fave! found at the thrift shop; shoes: my new Minnetonkas, I'm in lurve, y'all!
 Green Thursday: I finally finished my window! And got a new stand for my clean up gong! AND got these fab-o faux trees from a super artistic coworker. I'm so excited about the art room's new Jungle Lounge. dress: vintage; shoes: Jeffery Campbell
Orange You Glad It's Friday?!: I know I was...mostly because my mama came to visit! We had a crazy fun time hitting the local Franklin Farmer's Market, shopping at Bella Vintage Marketplace, dining on pizza, visiting family and shopping some more. It was a perfectly great weekend and with the temperatures cooling, I am so looking forward to many more. dress: The Limited from a coupla years ago; shoes: Clarks; bubble necklace: Porter Flea Craft Fair; disney pin: Um, Disneyland

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11 comments:

  1. Anonymous8/31/2015

    Hi, there! You are brimming with ideas!! Thank you!! I am wondering about the Dial an Artist phone. Wondering how you use it. Also, I sent you some pictures of my classroom through Facebook...should be in your messages. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and your enthusiasm!! ---Not sure how to post other than saying "anonymous" but I'm Sharon Johannesen, from Maryland!

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    1. Hi Sharon! I have to tell you, sometimes I don't receive my message via Facebook! I'll have to check my spam folder. It's kinda nutz, I promise I'm not ignoring you, I'd love to see your room! Ah, the phone! I field questions from the kids and use it to "call" the artist and get his/her response. I think they are more fascinated by the rotary function than anything else! If you have a moment, try sending those photos so my email at casseiart75@gmail.com. I'm sure to get them then! xo!

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  2. I love the palming technique! Great way to bring everyone back together! I'm definitely using it with my students! Thanks for the video :)

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    1. You will seriously love it! It keeps them all calm and mellow...it's like a reset button for the class! :) Thank you!

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  3. I totally could've used that technique on my squirrelly 2nd graders today! Thanks for the fab tip. You rock!

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    1. Yeah, I use it when I've had to correct a class more than a handful of times. It just ends up wearing me and the kids out, me constantly correcting. This is like a reset button for the class, you'll love it!

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  4. Hi Cassie,
    Thank you for all your great ideas. I have really learned a lot from you! I mean wow....I m going to start next week of the 8th and I'm using Smartest Artist since line up is so boring and LOOK what we learned today....I bought 7 inch Google eyes....lol and starting artist , art word and masterpiece of the week. For very first week of school I will be artist of the week ....hehe. For future videos I'd love to see how you distribute and clean up paint along with kids putting work on drying racks and washing hands. What procedures do you use to make it easier? BTW....Loved your videos on teaching line ( yeah now I bought a snake too) and for paper sculpture and paper weaving! Thank you again !! I learn so much from you .,, 😀😀😀

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    1. AWESOME!! That's why I share ideas to help y'all! I just remember when I first started teaching there were NO resources for the simple things like setting up an art room and establishing routines. So I"m glad some of my whacky ideas have been useful. Procedures videos..I can do that! Tho my clean up routine is a bit cray! Have a great school year!!

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  5. In my school we are teaching kids about mindfulness with the mind-up curriculum. We practice it as a whole school and have seen great results. Here's a link if you want to learn more about mind-up.
    http://thehawnfoundation.org/mindup/

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    1. Awesome!! I just bought a couple of books on mindfulness from Amazon...looking forward to checking out the website, thank you!

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  6. Amazing outfits! I saw some of them on Pinterest, which is how I found your fab blog. I should've known you were an art teacher :)

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Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate each and every one :)