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Summer is almost upon us! Although it’s tough to stay motivated if you start thinking about summer too soon, I think we’re officially in the “safe zone.” In fact, some of you have already finished the school year (congrats, you made it!).
Some of them are art-related, some of them will challenge you, and some of them are just plain fun!
“My kids (10,7,4) and I will be going to a secret location. We’ll get in the car and they will have to figure out where we’re going and what we’re doing by following the clues and asking questions.” – Writer, Jen Carlisle
“Maybe check a landmark off of your “Art Teacher Bucket List” like a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright or Monet’s Gardens at Giverny (we can dream, right?!). When we fuel our own passions in this profession, it will translate to our students quickly.” – Founder, Jessica Balsley
Join AOE’s Class Creativity in Crisis where assignments include personal creativity exercises!
“Go for a hike, find some natural materials and get creative!” – Instructor, Molly Wiste
“Below is a photo of ours from last year. The fence was very inspiring. This space will be filled with flowers and food again come August!” – Instructor, Nic Hahn
Learn why the Common Core doesn’t have to be scary in the Connecting Art to the Common Core class. You’ll be amazed at how a few small tweaks will allow you to create even more meaningful experiences for your students.
“This summer, I’m going to build my kids a plywood chalkboard. I really want a drawing surface outside that I–um, actually, that they–can play around with when the weather is nice — just a piece of plywood, covered with a couple coats of chalkboard paint and propped up outside. I am going to hang mine on my wooden fence, but there are a million ways to make it work.” – Writer, Tim Bogatz
Students in the Autism and Art class will head back to school with thorough action plans to help all students reach their full potential.
“I join a pottery open studio at my local art museum every summer. Three hours once a week where I can forget everything but the clay spinning on the wheel in a studio that’s not mine to clean, organize, stock, manage, (did I say clean?!)…True Heaven.” – Instructor, Johanna Russell
“My summer bucket list is all about wandering through the farmer’s market, seeking out new parks and trails and enjoying some Iowa festivals.” – Educational Director, Heather Crockett
However you choose to spend your summer, make sure you build in some time for yourself. It’s been a long year, you deserve it!
What are your summer plans?
What are you most excited about doing once school is out?