I finished school on Friday and drove 15 hours with Pencil on Saturday to very cold and snowy Edmonton. I have two weeks off so I'll be spending my time here working part-time at Anthro and going for coffee with my e-town peeps. I wanted to show you a bit of the work the kids did this semester though. I have the lovliest students and have been really enjoying teaching them.
Today was one of those days where I was reminded of why I love teaching. I was subbing for a grade 3 class and we were having a free writing time. I was walking around helping kids and making sure they were on task when I read this in a girl's notebook. Seriously it almost killed me. I told her I liked it and then I asked her if she would write a copy out for me to take home. She happily obliged...
If I was dating someone I would have saved this until Valentines Day and made a card out of it. Since I'm not, you peeps get to enjoy it. So hilarious.
The second reminder of why I love teaching needs a bit of qualifying first... last time I subbed for this class I had a bit of a face-off with a little guy who blatantly refused to do something I asked of him. We had a little discussion about involving the principal if he didn't care to talk to me and he smartened up fast, ha. I did let his teacher know though and when I came into class today the teacher told me that Ben had a note for me (which he promptly read aloud).
"I promise to listen to you forever", ha, priceless. I love the way he spelled my name and the word 'behaving' so cute. Also he was an angel today so apparently it paid to have the initial face-off. He signed with his entire name which was super funny too but I thought it was kind of sketchy to post his whole name on here.
I hung out with Meg after we were both done school today, we worked at Starbucks for a while and then went back to my place and both took a two-and-a-half hour nap. We have the best hang outs, ha.
So one of my nerdier qualities is definitely my love of organization. Fortunately I manage to downplay the nerdiness of it by surrounding myself with other peeps who are all about it as well.
This afternoon I subbed for a friend of mine in her art classroom and as I had only 15 minutes of supervision and one period of actual teaching it left me a big chunk of time to work on a few projects she had left for me. One of the projects was making labels for the trays of different kinds of paintbrushes so she could quickly identify what she needs at a glance instead of having to pull them all out to look. Her request was for me to make and write on little labels and maybe draw pictures of the kinds of paintbrushes on them as well. Oh man guys, when I am asked to make labels and draw pictures I know it's going to be a good time. Plus I got to use the laminator. The laminator is in my opinion one of the greatest perks of being a teacher, they are soooo fun to use. It's a bit out of control. The first time I used one I put the necklace I was wearing through it just to see what it would do. I'm a child, I know. Anyhow, I ended up having to stay late to finish up the labels which meant that I had time to take pictures and no one was around to think I was a creep for doing it. Seriously, who takes pictures of a laminator...
oh yeah, me.
I don't know if you guys are going to get Seattle-quality blogging out of me for a while. My life is a little bit (okay a lot) out of control busy at the moment. Hopefully at some point it will all slow down but not until the show for sure... SO MUCH TO DO STILL.
Aaaand for all you peeps who are in Edmonton this Friday I am having the first of many more drawing parties to come. The reunion edition! So fun. I'll definitely have some photo documentation for you after.
One last thing. I am feeling completely OCD about the crappy spacing breaks in the first paragraph but currently do not have the time or patience to fix it. It is killing me though, agh. Stupid Typepad.
So I've spent the last three weeks teaching art camps with my new job at Art For Kids School. It was ridiculously hot but we managed to have a really good time and it got me pretty psyched up for my fall teaching.
We drew loons one day last week and I brought in a Loonie and taught the kids what it was so they could impress any future Canadians they met. Hollah to my Canadian peeps! Ha ha, peeps, ducks.
I loved the way they all looked swimming across the chalkboard like this... so cute.
Well camp is over now and I don't have work again until school is underway in the fall. I spent my day today working on the first of so so so many paintings I need to do for my Nov/Dec Sugarbowl show. It's crunch time peeps and I really need to step it up. I've been a painting slacker.
I am a 27 year old Artist, Illustrator & Teacher living in Seattle. This blog is my way of sharing what is going on in my little world of arting and crafting. Thanks for poking around and I would love it if you left a note or comment. It seems to validate my writing somehow, ha.