Happy New School Year!

Good Luck!

I just wanted to wish everyone here a wonderful new school year filled with success and memorable teaching moments. You are all AMAZING  and special because teaching art to children of all ages is one of the most satisfying jobs I can think of. Do you agree?

Dad cutting up sugar cane-yum!

Some news for you…I won’t be teaching this year because I decided to take a much wanted sabbatical year off and return to Bolivia. I left home in 1999  and although I have been here for short holidays, I really wanted my son to experience having a grandfather and to learn about his own cultural heritage. As  for dad, well he has no clue what it’s like to be a full time grandfather other than the short moments he gets during holidays. By the time he has finally made a connection with any of the kids, the holidays are over.

This major decision of mine to just stop and chill was tough and way out of character for me but I am so happy and grateful this opportunity came about and that I finally embraced it rather than put it off like I did for the last 11 years. At times I just panic and think to myself if this is right, what am I going to do for an income, bla bla bla and you know what? It is ALL GOOD- I truly believe and feel this!

Starting October though I will be on the hunt again looking for another international teaching adventure somewhere in the world because I know that’s where I like to be. This doesn’t mean you won’t see art projects and lessons here at Art Lessons for Kids. I am here for YOU this whole year! Please drop me a line anytime if you need any ideas, have any questions or just want to say hi. I sincerely mean this 🙂

New e-books will be in the works, maybe some online workshops and lots and lots of  ideas for you to use in your classrooms. Did you know Art Lessons for Kids has a Facebook page and you can follow my adventures on Twitter (@Ms_Alejandra)? Click on over!

Here’s to your continued success today and every day. As I always say to my students..” There are no mistakes in art. Just treat them as opportunities to create something much more exciting and better than you ever dreamed of!”–applies to life, don’t you think?

Art lesson ebook bundle

Back to School Finally

Back to reality!

The holidays are definitely over! Yesterday was my first day back at school with the kids. I am always amazed how everyone grows and looks older. It felt really good to see my students and hear all the amazing adventures that were had over the summer break.

My back to school lessons for Gr 1-5  have started with going over the routines and a mini tour of the areas around the room just to talk about how to take care of material– keep the paper area tidy, make sure the glue stick caps are put on properly…well you know the drill I’m sure!

Each grade level is in charge of coming up with a rule or guideline that we can all follow and abide by and then I will put them on a poster board for everyone to sign.

Next is a talk about expectations, and what it means to think like an artist. This is an interesting question to pose and some of the answers are really cute, especially from the little guys. Over the next two lessons I will ask the same question and film this and produce a short video with all the responses including the adults.

What does it mean to YOU to think like an artist?

What are your art goals this year?

Finally are the art goals. This year my goals mural is all about Space. I stared the mural off with some ‘spacey’ images to get their imagination going and their job is to finish the mural as it looks quite boring now. Each student will come up with an art goal they want to achieve by the end of the year. They get to make something for the mural and write their goal on it. This mural stays up permanently so they can be reminded of their goals, I can see what they want and help them achieve it and it makes a gorgeous mural filled with tons of colorful art work. So far aliens are the popular choice! I will post images as this mural progresses. You might want to look here to see the fabulous one we did last year!

I wish everyone an amazing year of teaching. Don’t you think we teach the best subject in school? 🙂 I will end this post with my classroom mantra:

Our Mantra