Sunday, March 25, 2012


Megan - 2nd Grade
Clare - 3rd Grade
I've spent a lot of time doing art with kids this month. The more I do it, the more I enjoy doing it. But I still get frustrated with myself when I don't explain things well, when I see kids not knowing what to do. I'm still figuring out the best ways to help children explore their creativity. And of course every child is different, so learning how to work with so many different personalities is exciting and challenging.
I base my success as a teacher on whether or not my students enjoy doing the project I present to them, and then their emotional response to their finished piece. If they don't enjoy the class, if they're frustrated, I feel like I've failed them. I've learned that that kind of thinking doesn't help anyone.

Ultimately, my job is to guide, challenge and offer suggestions for improvement, and then the rest is up to the artist. I keep in mind that I had to draw and paint a lot of things to figure out my artistic interests. Perhaps, that's part of my role with these kids, helping them determine what inspires them, and what doesn't.


I love the fact that the pears are all different. I required that the pears were the compliment colors of the table they sat on, but they could choose what color family the pears would be. I also noticed that younger children tend to make objects small in relation to their paper. I reminded these students that the painting is not about the table and its background, but the pears. I suggested at least one pear had to be larger than their fist, and that seemed to help with size and space issues.  
Hayden - 4th Grade
Gabi - 5th Grade


Christina Mercer said...

You are so awesome to bring art to kids this way! Love the pears, they did a great job ;-)

Christina Mercer said...

Haha just realized I said the pears did a great job! The kids did a great job (and so did the pears modeling for them) :-D

RAD - Dot Painter said...

You are so funny!

RAD - Dot Painter said...

You are absolutely wonderful! a role model to anyone who has a dream, with the talent to make that dream come true. Pride is too weak a word. Love unending, with honor I salute you, daughter. I do hope your novel gets published. It is worthy. The story line is so now and marketable with high dimension assets . It should be picked up by some wise publisher eager to make big bucks!!! You rock!!!
Love, Mumzie

Lauren said...

Rachel, I just stumbled upon your blog and I wanted to say thank you for your honesty and explaining the process (even the hard parts and what you would do differently!) so well. I see your humility in your words yet passion for what you do and WHO you are doing it for. Thank you again! Your kids have made some beautiful works!