As the end of the year comes to a close and I’m packing up my classroom I look back on my seven years as the art teacher at Hanahan Middle School and smile. I have met some wonderful friends and coworkers who I love dearly. I have learned from my students and I appreciate all they have shared with me. I love the teacher that I have become and as I set off on my new adventure in international education I feel prepared for the next step. In the words of the late Maya Angelou,
“Do the best you can until you know better.
The when you know better, do better.”
I’ve started my first resin painting. First I hollowed out the pages of an old book to create a frame. Next I collaged a background and then placed twigs on top of the collage before pouring the first layer of resin. Next I plan to paint leaf foliage and other details before pouring another layer of resin. Fingers crossed!
Love the multimedia and layering of Shahzia Sikander.
Tonight I went the screening of The Iran Job at the Halsey. This was a fantastic film. As and art teacher, I especially enjoyed the part where Kevin Sheppard was able to communicate with his building superintendent through drawing. Art is a a visual language! You can check it out on Netflix.
Great article discussing how Basquiat has influenced today’s artists and where the future of this group is going. Beyond Basquiat: ‘We shouldn’t use ‘black artist’ as a code for ‘other” | Art and design | theguardian.com.