I struggle during the weeks coming back from break, trying to regain the routine of the school year. I also find myself feeling a bit sad and overwhelmed because I am saying goodbye to students I have had for the last two years and may never see again.
During this transition, though, I am very grateful for our time together and the amazing accomplishments shared. This is all a result of hard work, dedication, and a fearless approach to creativity that I hope to keep opening up further as I venture more into how to best foster a complete Visual Arts Education for my students.
With all of that said, we are nearing completion of the last and one of my most favorite themes of the semester: Something Old, Something New. It has been super fun to see students reflect on their own progression as an artist over the years and make selections on which works they would like to revisit and how they want to do so. It is at this point that I think the whole adaptation of Design Thinking in my classroom has resonated with students as they are taking to their sketchbooks to reference ideas, test solutions, and make note of discoveries.
Projects should be finishing up in the next two days. Here are some more images of students in progress as they manipulate materials and ideas to reflect how they have grown as an artist: