May 02

Yes, You Can Fail Art Class!

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

Yes, you can fail art class! I don’t know how many times I have had students walk into my classroom at the beginning of a semester and think that art class is “just for fun”. Or how many parents at conference time want to know why their student isn’t getting an A in art. I mean come on, it just a fun class where you get to make stuff right?

Students Can Fail Art Just Like Any Other Class

Yes, students can fail art just like any other class. Students fail art usually because they don’t finish projects, don’t turn them in or don’t even start. Students fail because they put little to no effort into the craftsmanship of their work. Because they aren’t going to be an artist as a career. Sometimes they get stuck in an art class because there isn’t anything else that fits into their schedule so, yup, art it is! Sometimes students rarely or never attend class. Usually, it’s a combination of these.

I am always happy to help students who struggle but who are at least trying. I always tell my students,” I can’t want it more than you do.” And I can’t! no teacher ever wants to see a kid fail. That’s not why we got into this profession.

A Failing Art Student? Not On My Watch! Any Student Who Tries Will Pass.

Yes, you can fail art class but I find that students who are failing art are usually failing other classes too. It’s usually not a surprise. But I always try to let the student know where they stand. What they are missing for assignments and how much time they have to get missing work in. I make sure they have what they need to be successful and let them know how much time they have to get it all done. Sometimes they pull themselves out of the well and pass. Sometimes not. But It’s my job to give them what they need to be successful. As long as I know that I have given them every opportunity to be successful, I can rest at night.

One On One Attention

My suggestion is to be very open and somewhat aggressive in communicating failing grades with students. I always tell my kids that an F doesn’t mean fantastic! I get one on one with my failing students. I show them their grade, and the missing assignments they have because 9 times out of 10 that’s why they are failing. I then ask them how they are going to fix that grade. I put the ball in their court and ask they how THEY are going to step up and fix it. I’m here for support, but it’s their responsibility.  The one on one attention lets them know that I am paying attention to their grades. I care about how they are doing in class and that I support them in getting their work in and raising their grade.

Parent Support Is The Best!

I would have to say when I email or call home to parents with their student’s grade and missing work they are usually very supportive. Every once in a while I will get a parent who thinks art if a “fluff” class and anyone can pass no matter what they do. I always make sure to ask for their suggestions on how I can help their students be more successful after I have let them know about the failing grade and missing work. They are usually very grateful that I let them know about their student’s trouble.

In The End, We Didn’t Fail Them, They Failed Themselves

Just like anything in life, students must be active participants in art class to pass. Nothing ever comes to anyone without work to get it. It’s just the way it is. Like I said before, as long as we give them all they need to succeed our student need to take on the responsibility of using this information to be successful.

Failures Will Happen

Failures in art class are going to happen. When they do, you may need to be ready to stand behind your grade with proof. Keep excellent records! Be ready to show administration your parent communication log as well and any behavior notes and other student performance records. It’s important to stand behind your grades and the reasons they were issued.

Yes, you can fail art class. But in reality, this is a student’s choice. Through personal conversations with our students, parental intervention, and opportunities for improvement hopefully students will make the choice to step up and turn their failing art grade around.

Apr 25

Creating Art Portfolios With Students

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

Creating art portfolios with students can begin even in Kindergarten. When I teach elementary students the very first project they do is to create their art portfolios to keep their work in throughout the year. Sometimes parents will ask why their students don’t always bring their artwork home right away? I like to have the kids lay out the work they created at the beginning of the year and then compare it to the end of the year and almost always there is student growth.

Assessment and Portfolios

Using student portfolios is a very simple summative assessment to use with your art students no matter what their age. Using a summative portfolio is a way to really celebrate everything your students have learned and created over the school year.

It’s like having heir own little individual art show. “Oh, I remember this drawing…” It’s so cool to see the kids reflect on their work and many times they talk about what they would do differently if they did it again. YES!!! Mission accomplished! For younger students, it’s a little easier to have students communicate through drawing than writings as those skills may not be as developed yet.

I have the kids use their portfolios and Portfolio Cover Sheet to:

  • Better reflect on their artwork and portfolio.
  • Gather data for assessment of your students’ learning over the course of the year. 
  • Use at parent teacher conferences with parents to show and communicate with parents what their students are doing in art class.

Creating Student Art Portfolios

When my students make their art portfolios, especially those at the elementary level, I use a heavier white or manilla posterboard type paper. 2 pieces and then we use masking tape around the sides and bottom to make a folder type portfolio. Each student decorates the outside with a creative way to write their name. I use it as a lesson. So for example, 1st grade, I teach how to draw bubble letters and patterns. 3rd grade we use Art Nouveau style to create their names. 4th grade we use one point perspective to create their names. Just a few ideas to use so that the kids don’t decorate willy nilly and make their portfolios not look nice. It really works well. When their portfolios look nice, they really take pride in taking good care of them. They then use these portfolios during the year to keep their work in. Sometimes they do get as little beat up, but for the most part, they usually stay pretty nice. My students usually work pretty largely so I go with 20″ X  28″ sized portfolios.

More Professional Art Portfolios

Art Portfolios - Heavier Professional Looking

Because my high school kids usually are more serious about their artwork and actually doing portfolio days at different colleges I always have them try to get themselves a heavier more professional looking art portfolio. They are there to impress and pulling out a handmade, cardstock type portfolio may not be the best idea in this case.

Online Portfolios

Online portfolios may seem complicated to get started but really they aren’t. My students use WIX as it’s free and they can have access to the portfolio they created even after they graduate. It’s a simple process to build the web page and kids figure it all out really quickly. I’ve had students who have created such a great portfolio that they have heard from colleges within HOURS of submitting their application and portfolio letting them know the school wanted them to come to their college or school. How awesome is that?

 

Apr 18

Inventory In The Art Room

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

Art Room Inventory Sheet

Inventory In The Art Room

When I need to take inventory in the art room I used to get overwhelmed, There was so much “stuff” to go through. It was especially difficult when I was teaching elementary art and had around 600 students a week. Although we never feel like we have enough supplies, we still have a lot to go through and figure out what needs replacing and replenishing.

How Could I Forget That?

So many times I would place an order at the end of a school year for the next fall and I would always forget something. In the fall it was a scramble to see if I could borrow the supplies I needed from another art teacher or just go out and purchase it myself. So to try to correct this I have created an inventory sheet that will help with this problem.

Make It Like A Grocery List

I also leave a space to add notes to myself throughout the year or things I want to remember for the next year. Many times I treat it like a grocery list. When I run out of something I write it down right away so that I don’t forget that I need to order it.

Of course, we all see cool projects and units we want to try. Just like a great recipe we want to try for dinner, we need to purchase ingredients. So keeping an inventory sheet a good way to keep track of supplies you will need to do these projects with our kids.

Click Here To Download Your Art Room Inventory Forms

Apr 11

Colored Pencil Drawing In The Art Room

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

Colored Pencils

Colored pencil drawing in the Art room can be a really fun experience of “play” and experimentation.

I use the word “play” because that’s exactly what your students need to do. Experiment and have fun! Getting to know your colored pencils and what they can do takes some practice. Don’t have immediate expectations for your students to complete well done colored pencil artwork right off the bat. Just take some time to do some colored pencil exercises in your classroom to let your students get the feel for the medium. Let them see the amazing things they can do.

Colored pencil is an impressive medium that can be used to create many effects and looks in a drawing. Very beginner art students who have never learned various colored pencil techniques tend to use colored pencils in a “7th-grade map project” sort of way. Solid, light, one color shading. I always say,” If you are coloring a 7th-grade map, you’re on track. If you are creating a colored pencil drawing we have just begun with laying down a single color.” Quality colored pencils paired with the right techniques can create amazing, a high-quality realistic looking drawing. The first step to learning colored pencil drawing is to look at the various colored pencil supplies you need to get started.

Color Theory Lesson Plan and Resource are available here.

What Colored Pencils Should I Use?

Colored Pencil Drawing In The Art Room - Crayola

One of the great advantages to colored pencil drawing in the art room is your choice of brands, quality, and price. I encourage you to purchase the higher quality supplies for students who are advanced drawing classes and serious about their drawings if your budget allows for it. With the amount of time you and your students will be investing in teaching, and the students in learning the techniques you will want to invest in different types of colored pencils. 

When you open up your art supply catalog you may be in awe of the different brands and the wide assortment of colors available to order for your students.

Which Colored Pencils Should Students Use?

Colored Pencil Drawing In The Art Room - Prismacolor

There is the lower quality and cost colored pencils such as Crayola. I use Crayola Colored Pencils with all of my beginning Foundations Art Classes. They work just fine!

These students want to learn various colored pencil techniques but aren’t sure it’s a medium they want to stick with. You can get some pretty good results using Crayola, but there is a definite difference in the look of the final colored pencil drawing when you a choose to use professional grade pencils such as Prismacolor. Two of the more popular professional grade color pencils are Prismacolor Brand Colored Pencils ( I use the Premiere) and Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils.Colored Pencil Drawing In The Art Room - Faber Castell
Some Artists use a mixture of both of those brands in their artwork while some favor one or the other. Really, it’s a personal choice. I encourage my students to “play” with different brands or a mixture of both to see which they like better. Some people like the feel or look for 1 brand over the other. There’s just no right or wrong here. Just personal choice. 

Once students start using a set of colored pencils, they will find that they will use certain colors more than others. They will run out of those colors eventually before the other colors in the set. Most professional colored pencil brands can be purchased as “open stock” or individual pencils. Once they get started they will find themselves just purchasing from open stock to replace pencils as needed. Many art stores and craft places like Michaels Art Store or Hobby Lobby sell these individual pencils for about a $1 each.

Purchasing Colored Pencils

When purchasing beginning colored pencil sets, go with a set that’s large enough to give your students the colors that represent the colors of a 12 color wheel as well as a few neutrals with black and white. They will be able to mix colors to make new colors and the colors you need.

When students first begin with a coloring a color wheel I only allow them to use the three primary colors. Red, Yellow, and Blue. All other colors they need to mix. This is an excellent learning experience!

 

Colored Pencil Drawing In The Art Room and Pencil Sharpeners  

You will want to get yourself a manual sharpener. Depending on the look you want from your colored pencil in your drawing you will need a sharp point at one time or another. Electric sharpeners are not a good idea because of the softness “lead” in colored pencils. Electric sharpeners can actually be ruined by the colored pencils. An electric sharpener can also “eat” or grind your pencils down to “numbs” quickly. So use a manual hand held sharpener it’s just better. You can even use an Exacto type blade to sharpen the ends of the colored pencils as well. For students, I just feel much safer for them to use a handheld manual sharpener. 

Erasers  

Colored pencils are difficult to erase to get a perfectly white paper once the color has been laid down. The pencil can be “lifted” from the surface to get certain looks and make some corrections. My erasers of choice with colored pencils are the Mars Plastic Erasers and a kneaded eraser. 

 

Workable Fixatives

Because most colored pencils are wax based, a heavy application can cause colors to look
hazy or cloudy. This is called a “wax bloom” and tend to be more visible on darker colored pencil drawings. This wax bloom can be easily wiped away with a soft cloth of tissue but it will return. So using a workable fixative in light coats will help to reduce the wax bloom issue. 

Paper and Drawing Surfaces

Colored pencil can be applied to a variety of different surfaces. Paper is the most popular of course, but colored pencil can be on other surfaces such as paper mache, ceramics, wood, plastic, canvas, etc. I suggest a heavier weight paper due to the friction using when shading and layering colored pencil. 

Let’s Recap Of Colored Pencil Drawing In The Art Room

Colored pencils can give a variety of effects and looks in your drawings and artwork. If your students are serious about working with colored pencil as their artist medium look at the quality professional grade colored pencils like Prismacolor Brand Colored Pencils or Faber-Castellated Polychromos Colored pencils. Remind students that they can purchase a  few individual colored pencils from “open stock” to try them out to see what each brand has to offer or if they know they will use more of certain colors.  When they begin, start with the primary colors. Then go on to have enough colors from a 12 color wheel to be able to at least blend and mix the colors they need for their colored pencil drawings. They will also want neutrals (Browns and grays) as well as black and white.

You will want a few other tools such as a pencil sharpener, erasers, and workable fixative. You will also need to find a paper that will work appropriately for the drawing your students’ area creating.

When your students begin to experiment they will find the tools and materials that they like and that will work for them. The key to it all? Get your students to start “playing”! Experiment with your tools and materials and just start. Get students to learn from color blending exercises first before they begin a final colored pencil drawing.

Apr 04

5 Art Room Life Hack Ideas

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

5 Art Room Life Hack Ideas That Will Make Your Life Easier!

I always appreciate good art room life hack ideas. When figuring out how to set up an art room many teachers walk into a space that belonged to another art teacher or was a classroom used by an entirely different subject. Sometimes we are banished to a common area like a multipurpose room or a cafeteria.

Here You Go… Make It Work!

Usually, we get the message of,” Here you go, make it work.” Of course, we always do. Sometimes we get loaner tables and chairs from other parts of the district or even businesses consider old furniture and not suitable or nice enough for the business anymore. The focus is to always teach the best art classes we can in our space and with the supplies we have. So what are a few Art room life hack ideas that will make our job a little easier?

Art RooArt Teacher Life Hack - Art Room Inventory Formm Supplies and Inventory

At the end of each year, we are asked to do an inventory of our supplies and equipment to see what our budget needs might be for the next year. I always used to dread this because the supplies we have to go through is somewhat overwhelming especially if you are in a larger school or district. When I taught elementary art I saw 600 kids a week! So to make this a little easier I created inventory sheets that helped make the job a little less daunting. You can find our Art Room Inventory Forms Here!

 

Art Class Binder Know It All Art Teacher Life Hack - Art Room Binder

Create a classroom binder that has everything anyone walking into your classroom would need to know. Make it so if someone right off the street walked into your room and had no idea about anything, would be able to open that binder and know everything about your school, helpful people, classroom, your classes, your students, your subject matter, etc. Add students pictures, class schedules and any special notes you think are necessary.

Of course, I need to have a really FUN 3-Ring Binder

Making Kids Take A Step Back

I often have kids take a break from their work and take a few steps back to look at it from a different view. They miss things sometimes when their face has been in their work for a while.

I even have them stand across the room from me and I hold up their work for them to take a gander at. I LOVE the look on their faces when they realize they aren’t as far off track as they thought they were. Or when they realize they may need to work on an area because it just doesn’t look quite right.

“I’m Done!”

We have all had students who race through their work and claim out loud… “I’m DOOOONE!” We give multiple suggestions to go back and add to their work, change a few things, rework some areas, etc. What now? Always have a bunch of different “How To Draw” books and resources for students to use. These are great when students get finished with projects or for shortened class times. Kids LOVE them! Keep those students busy. Giving them choices of things to draw lets them practice a skill. They also get to choose what it is they want to draw.

Helpful Tools For Art Teachers

Need a quick impressive graph to show student data? Make cool 2D and 3D Graphs HERE.

Google Arts and Culture is great for planning virtual field trips and many other art related activities

Art Babble is another great resource for Art Educators in all areas of Art Education.

 

Mar 23

Still Life Drawing

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

Still Life Composition

Still life drawing is a great way to practice the elements of art as well as different techniques and use of mediums.

Still Life Drawing

The great thing about still life drawing is that you can really put any type of objects that interest you. Choosing objects you really like or that have meaning will keep you interested in the drawing.

Important Terms You Should Know

Here are some important terms you will want to learn and pay attention to when you begin to draw your still life.

Proportion – Relationship of elements to one another and to the whole artwork.

Composition – The way a piece of artwork is organized and put together.

Form – Element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses the volume.

Shape – Element of art that is two-dimensional, flat, or limited to height and width.

Creating Your Still Life Composition

All of the above are important to keep in mind when you begin drawing. First, the composition that you put your objects in for your still life is important as you want to make sure that everything flows nicely. The way you have the objects put together keeps your eyes, as well as your viewer’s eyes moving nicely over the entire composition.

Beginning Your Still Life Drawing

When you begin to draw, the proportions you use are very important. Correct proportion helps you to create an accurate drawing. Many times if one object’s proportion is incorrect, it can throw off the entire still life drawing. Look at how each object relates to each other. Where do objects begin and end? Looking at the still life example above take notice as to where the rose stem end and begins. Where does it fall in relation to the glass hand? What finger does the rose touch and where does in go in relationship to the hour glass? Everything is connected to everything.

Turning Shapes Into Forms

When you begin drawing your still life, you will use the art element of line to draw the shapes of the objects in your composition. Once you have completed the drawing process it’s time to turn the shapes into forms by adding color and/or value with the medium of your choice. Adding value changes the 2-dimensional flat looking shapes into 3-dimensional looking forms. Charcoal, graphite, acrylic paint, colored pencil… whatever you choose, this medium is what will bring your still life shapes to life.

Mar 01

The Art Of Critique?

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

Critique

The Art Of Critique

The art of critique is sometimes a great way to figure out the question: “Why do I like this piece of artwork?” This may be a question you find yourself asking from time to time when you see a piece that you like. But you’re not entirely sure why. It may be what another artist has accomplished in their work and you are striving for in your own work or your student’s work.

We should all be pushing our own artistic limits when it comes to working with the Elements and Principles of Art and Design. As beginners, it’s easy because you are learning how each of the Elements and Principles of Art is used and what they can do for your artwork.

As we develop as artists we learn the basics of design, but after we have a good grasp on the basics is when the fun really begins. Even though there are “rules” we need to follow such as composition, balance, harmony, contrast, unity, etc we get to figure out how we can add the Elements of Art and Design to achieve a certain look we want in our work. Are you wanting to show the use of color? Maybe its shape and form? Line and texture… What ever combination of elements you use you want a viewer to have the same reaction as you would when you see a piece of work that really MOVES you! Not only do you need to be able to create this work, but you also need to know how to talk about why you did what you did. This is where the critique part comes in.

Let me show you one of my favorites and why it inspires me so much.

I love the painter  Vincent VanGogh and pretty much his entire later body of work. The Impressionist style just pulls me in and grabs my eye. Let’s look at one of his most famous paintings, Starry Night.

Stary Night Critique

Artist: Vincent van Gogh 
Dimensions: 2′ 5″ x 3′ 0″
Location: Museum of Modern Art
Created: June 1889
Period: Post-Impressionism 
Genre: Landscape painting

 

When we critique Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the use of movement, color, line, texture, contrast, variety and balance are definitely apparent. I find my eyes constantly moving throughout the entire painting which is a sign of really good composition. The bold colors and the use of movement in the paint strokes grab my eye. I look at this piece and it makes me really happy. I find myself pushing the limits of movement and color in my own work. But I am also able to help my students push the limits of their work and ideas too.

sculpture critique

Brenda Mullard Sculpture

Artist: Brenda Mullard
Dimensions: 25″ x 14″
Created: December – February 2015 – 2016
Genre: Mixed Media Sculpture
Can you see the similarities with the obvious differences? It’s always good to get ideas and inspiration from other artists but more importantly, take that inspiration and create your own style and body of work. This takes time and a lot of experimentation! By experimentation, I mean getting to work and creating your own artwork.
One of my favorite quotes is by the artist Chuck Close: ” Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work!”
As an art teacher, I can teach my students about the elements and principles of art and design and how to use them to describe their own work and other artists work. But this process definitely takes practice. Saying, “Because I like it” or “Because it’s cool”, isn’t enough. Why do you like it? Why do you think it’s cool? What parts of it do you not like? What Elements and Principles of Art And Design were used in the piece and where?

Recap

What artist or style of work inspires you, grabs you attention and draws you in? Take this style and expand upon it. Use the inspiration as you see fit without totally copying it. Make it your own. Learn how the artist used the Elements and Principles of Art and Design so you can talk about your artwork as well as other’s work. Eventually be an inspiration for another artist someday. Don’t wait to be inspired, just get to work!

Feb 01

Shape to Form: Shading A Circle Into A Sphere

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

Shape To Form

Shading shape to form may seem intimidating, but starting out with this basic value tutorial shading a circle into a sphere is definitely the way to get begin. Value is an Element of Art ad Design. Right after line, I consider it the second most important element of Art and Design to learn, understand and draw with. The element of Value is defined as the lightness or darkness of tones or colors.

Shape to Form: Shading A Circle Into A Sphere

Form to Shape

In the video below I will demonstrate how to shade a sphere using the five areas of light.

  1. The highlight – White
  2. Mid-Tone – Medium gray
  3. Core Shadow – Dark gray
  4. Reflected light – Light gray
  5. Cast Shadow – Black

Before you begin shading you need to define your light source. In other words, where is your light coming from? In the video, the light source is coming from the upper left corner. Once you have defined your light source you can begin your shading.

It’s important to pay close attention to all the areas of light when you change a shape into a for. This short lesson: Shape to Form: Shading A Circle Into A Sphere is no exception. Firs,t determine where our light source is coming from.This small bit o information will determine your entire drawing and show where shadows will be cast. It will also influence core shadows, mid-tones, and highlights.

More Drawing Lessons Can Be Found Here

Jan 26

When You Don’t Know What To Paint, Draw Or Create

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

When you don't know what To Paint Or Create

When You Don’t Know What To Draw, Paint or Create

Draw, paint or create? There’s nothing worse than having a creative brain block. Sometimes I have so many ideas of things I want painted coffee cupsto create that I can hardly stand myself. I seriously drive my family crazy sometimes because I get so excited about so many different ideas just running around up there in my brain. Other times I all of a sudden get stuck. So what do you do when you don’t know what to paint or draw or create?

Conquering Makers Block

So how to you conquer this “makers block”? That feeling of paralysis when you want to create, but aren’t feeling the inspiration. One of my favorite quotes is by artist Chuck Close.

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Brilliant!! Sometimes you just need to start something. ANYTHING! Sometimes I just start doodling when I’m not sure what I want to create. Sometimes I google a certain subject matter that I am thinking about to see what is out there.

Original Ideas ONLY!

I never copy something someone else has done. That’s actually illegal and very unethical in my eyes. But sometimes I like to see what’s “out there” to start the creative juices moving. Just like your muscular fitness and your brain fitness you have to use them and work them out to build muscles and brain cell connections to keep yourself strong. The same goes for using your creativity. Use it or lose it! I know so often we are worried about creating something big, bold and amazing but sometimes you just need to create something small, quick and loose just to simply create. I use my “Love Notes” to do exactly that. Small 2″ X  2″ canvases are perfect. I can create paintings in a small amount of time with a big effect and feeling.

Just Start – Draw, Paint or Create

Sometimes we just we get stuck because we are too scared to start. This is your friendly reminder… It’s just ART! There are no IMG_1930wrong answers. Sometimes in the words of Bob Ross we experience,”Happy Accidents” but never mistakes. When things happen that we don’t plan for we simply go into problem-solving mode. I have so many students that get upset right away and think they need to just start all over again. I really would like you to rethink that!

Building Creative Muscle

Build your creative muscle and change it, fix it, go with plan B, C, D or even E. Remember that you are a learner. You may feel uncomfortable trying a new art medium or different subject matter that you feel sort of uncomfortable with. But don’t let your fear stop you from learning and trying new things. You learn by doing and sometimes redoing. Use your mistakes as an experience to learn and creative problem solve.

So go for it. Explore… Learn… Create…

 

Jan 16

New Teachers… Have Faith!

By Brenda Mullard | Uncategorized

New Teachers... Have Faith

New teachers … have faith! I know, easier said than done. I’ve been there. Read on!

New Teacher... Have Faith

It’s December and all the Fantasies of what teaching was going to to look and feel like have pretty much fallen off the cliff along with some of your sanity. Just know that all of the struggles that you are dealing with are not new. I will be completely honest with you, I have some days that I question the choice of going into education and teaching and I’ve been teaching for 20 + years.

But it’s really hard!

It’s hard. It’s REALLY hard! Some days and parts of the school year suck! There’s no way to sugarcoat it. And people that have not stepped foot into a classroom have no idea of the obstacles you face.

Let me assure you we have all felt the frustration of not being validated and supported. We have faced the struggles of human behavior and what comes with that. Add the adolescent brain or a room of 25 kindergartners the day before Christmas break into the mix and it’s even more irrational and nuts.

teachers before you have dealt with the lack of supplies and a budget to purchase them. We have been told in a June or even worse September that,” Oh by the way, we needed your classroom this year so Art will be on a cart.

Those of us who do not have our own classrooms have been kicked out of cafeterias and multipurpose rooms (the make shift art room) for lunch time, special events and after school programs.

Don’t even get me started on the initiatives that come and go like the rising of the tides.

But think about why you started the process to be a teacher in the first place. What was it about being a teacher that sounded so wonderful? If your answer is summer off, great benefits and a great salary… RUN, run like the wind!! It’s no wonder you are feeling defeated. No seriously, why are you here? Receiving a teaching degree and license isn’t easy. And once you start it’s like running a constant marathon, even when you are not physically in the classroom.

It Gets Better

New teachers… Have faith! If you are a brand new student teacher or even a second year teacher you may see little wins here and there throughout your day or week. After a few years you get to see students grow, mature and become successful. It’s in these moments, even when times are tough we remember why we do what we do. Sometimes it takes years for students to send you a thank you or tell you that you really made a difference. But when you actually experience one of those moments you are hooked. So take this little bit of advice. On the days you want to run all the way out to your car in the parking lot and not look back, there’s a student you haven’t touched yet. Tomorrow might be that day.

Hang on, stay strong and tap into your fellow teachers here in The Visual Art Academy Facebook Group. We have been there and trust me, the better days will eventually out number the days that aren’t so great! You can so do this! Until the physical appears, new teachers… have faith!