I am starting a new chapter in my life, and I have moved 545 miles away from my former home in Big Rapids MI, where I taught K-6 art at Crossroads Charter Academy, to southern Illinois, where I am teaching K-12 Art at Galatia High School and Galatia Elementary. I cannot begin to describe all that I learned during my time at Crossroads Charter Academy. I met some fine folks, learned how to manage an art classroom, taught my very first lessons, and grew personally and professionally.
After reading the book "The Pigeon Wants a Puppy" by Mo Willems, the kindergarten students learned how to draw a series of shapes in order to draw their own pigeons. The students used their creativity to come up with something new for the pigeons to want.
After viewing the work of American artist, Georgia O'Keefe, the fourth grade students were inspired to create watercolor paintings of flowers. The students viewed photographs of flowers, and in order to capture the details of each flower, they painted a zoomed in version of the photo.