Ok? Ok. What’s Next?

As I sit in my empty classroom (I’ve a coffee cup and mousepad) I have a great sadness about the future of my students and what I will not be able to offer them. It is hard for me to truly come to grips that that 19 years have come and gone and I’m headed out the door. My kids (and fellow staff members) have given me so much over the years as I’ve grown as a teacher. They have taught me to have patience, given me the knowledge that skills vary widely, and that success is different for everyone. For all I’ve learned from them, through all of the support and love I have received, I know that I given them an equal share back.

When it comes down to it, and my students know this when they walk in for the first time, my number one concern has never been turning out the next Mary Cassatt, Kehinde Wiley, Frida Kahlo, or Jim Dine but rather helping them to become more caring, hard working, and passionate adults. I have seen my kids act on their beliefs and create works, use words, and take action ahat have led to social awareness on topics that they are truly passionate and concerned about. (See how the NVAS works into so much of what I hope for the kids? 2.3Ad Demonstrate in works of art or design how visual and material culture defines, shapes, enhances, inhibits, and/or empowers people’s lives. and 6.1Ad Curate a collection of objects, artifacts, or artwork to impact the viewer’s understanding of social, cultural, and/or political experiences). Thank you students for that.

I was asked today if I could have one photograph, just one photo, of what I take away from here what would that be? I have that image… three young women (Izzy, Ali, and Ashley) standing a few feet back in front of one of their drawings. I’ve already gone around the room, offered my feedback, and now have stepped back to give work time. They are critiquing one another’s work without me telling them to. They are pointing their fingers at areas that need work, looking up at the elements and principles posters to find the right words to use, and they are sharing ideas about how to resolve and make revisions. This is the image I leave with. This happens all the time. It’s not just these three, it happens in all of my classes and I know that it will happen in my new school with my new students.

Izzy, Ali, and Ashley critiquing all on their own. This is the image that stays with me. I’ve got these images of nearly all my kids. This is one that I actually have a photograph of. Thanks ladies.

What I will miss the most here are my relationships and connections. I know that I will develop new and solid relationships with my new community. The school friends that I don’t have yet will take the place (but never replace) the friends I currently have. The kids that I don’t know yet and that will mean the world to me will take the place of (but not replace) the kids that mean the world to me here. I am good knowing that the impact I made in my hometown student’s (and fellow staff’s) lives will be felt by my new school as well. It will take some time obviously, but the connections will be made and the love, care, and compassion for those I have yet to begin working with will develop.

Thank you to everyone (family, friends, students, community) who has helped make the end of my time in my hometown high school less painful. Thank you to the students and community who came together to try and save my job (and with that make sure that you and your friends all TAKE MORE ART CLASSES! Don’t sign up for a study hall, you don’t need to watch videos on how to play video games anyway.) Thank you for the letters, phone calls, hugs, and prayers… this would have been a lot harder without all that support. Most importantly however, thank you to Julie and Abby for being there and supporting me through all of this. Without your love and support I just don’t know how I’d have handled this all.

Ok? Ok. What’s Next?

The Signal – It’s a good thing.

Permission Slip for Jim Dine Film. Advanced Drawing kiddo’s.

#Congressional #ArtShow #Artists

Congratulations to Casey Fredrick and Max Nash for having their work selected to be part of the First District Congressional Art Show. An outstanding job by both Casey and Max. Congressman Paul Ryan and his staff spoke about the importance of the Arts in our culture and our society, and the hard work our young artists put into it. Congratulations to Casey and Max again. Keep making great art.

What are your artistic rituals?

I have some of my own… here are some from other artists.


NYTimes: Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for $450.3 Million, Shattering Auction Records

Art School Visit

Today is a day to step back from the making of art and see where one can go after high school. What possibilities are out there? Stay tuned for more inormation… updates as the day moves along.

NYTimes: An Auction Setup at Christie’s: First a Marathon, Then a Sprint

Check out this really cool video before you start your night at the Art Walk in Waterford. Save up your dollars for a bid here.

An Auction Setup at Christie’s: First a Marathon, Then a Sprint https://nyti.ms/2l1ZvsZ

#PTConferences Today

I hope to see all of the parents and guardians today. With 3 weeks left of the first quarter, now is a good time to get oneself caught up and ready for success.


Make sure you are working on the chapters in THE VIEW. Grades go in for the first 5 chapters tomorrow.


After a fantastic field trip to Expo Chicago yesterday we take Friday to give back to our community and help build character among our fantastic students at school. Each grade level is participating in a different character building activity and we are out a little bit early today.

If you have a chance to get down to Chicago for art expo, I highly encourage it. Our 8 students that were able to go had a fantastic time and experienced art as they’ve never experienced it before. Please click HERE to see the images that we’ve gathered from Expo Chicago 2017.

#ArtExhibition in the #Community – Get Ready for FRIDAY!

“The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.” — Frank Hamilton


Studio Art 360 – FORMS and DRAWING – 2 Days to Go!

What has this artist done to REALLY succeed in the drawing? What is SIMILAR to your drawing? What is REALLY different – TECHNIQUE wise? http://erickjm2.blogspot.com/p/illustrations.html



  • 10.1P: Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.
  • Look back at your THUMBNAIL drawings… Which type of composition did you choose to use? What are TWO things that have changed about your composition from the THUMBNAIL STAGE.

Looking at the THUMBNAIL again and the DRAWING – What positive changes or negative changes have come from the process of drawing?


Painting and AP Studio Art Critique – LAST DAY? HURRY!

Charles V Distributing Awards to the Artists at the Close of the Salon of 1824 François-Joseph Heim – Salon Style Exhibition – Definition HERE!


  • PAINTING – 4.2Ac: Analyze, select, and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation.
  • AP Studio Art – 4.2Ad: Critique, justify, and present choices in the process of analyzing, selecting, curating, and presenting artwork for a specific exhibit or event.
  • What ways do you feel we should display the groupings of artworks we have in front of us? Considering BOTH classes, the GALLERY SPACE, and the display boards.

What problems do you see or did you see in the process of hanging the show? How can we work through this better? Suggestions to make this an easier process?

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