What a busy year it’s been in the art room. We showcased our student talent during the annual Elementary Art Exhibition two weeks ago and had great attendance and support particularly from parents and peers. The show displayed one masterpiece from every student in KG-Gr 5 at ASB (over 300 individually hung and labled pieces!) It was my first time setting up a student exhibition…aside from the routine bulletin boards and individual project displays in schools…
It was a lot of work, but so rewarding to see the students walk their parents through the display with pride and explain their artwork to their friends and siblings. Already brainstorming plans for contiuining the exhibition in our new facility next year.
As we began taking down the artwork from the exhibition to send home with the kids, we recieved notice from the leadership team at ASB that in order to complete renovation and construction plans on our current facility, we would need to physically move out of and close 30% of our current educational space. Which includes 50% of the ES floor- which includes the art room. So Friday, Jayshree Deepa and I sent our classes out to their homerooms for lessons or time with their teachers, and used the day to begin the exhausting task of packing the art supplies.
We packed up 52 boxes…working nonstop from arrival at school until my after school screen printing kids showed up at 3.. We’ve planned ahead and set aside the supplies needed to finish the year in baskets that will be stored in classrooms for the last 5 weeks of school. Add it to my list of “things I never imagined doing in my first year teaching” 🙂 No surprise I slept 12 hours last night…
Blessing to this frantic packing madness: we won’t have to worry about packing it all the last week of school…
More life, family, wedding updates to come with time… but a peek into work for now… no matter what comes my way though:
I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
Yesterday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our church decided to celebrate by showcasing the various artistic talents within our community. These are the paintings I made for this service along with a little written reflection on the meaning … Continue reading
A friend reminded us last night that a great blessing to teaching is the aspect of scheduled holidays and breaks…(in addition to the joy and challenge of connecting with and helping students learn and grow every day of course). Ironically, I’ve spent every spring break traveling abroad the past 6 years. (Mexico, Guatemala, Guatemala,Pittsburgh, Florida, Seattle) This year… I actually live abroad (and have an income!)… but am staying put for spring break 🙂
Dax and I have been using this much needed pause in classes and school to try to get some planning and logistics figured out for the big day which is now less than 3 months away! We have visited tailors for both Dax and I (I’ve decided to get my dress made here in India-which is exhausting and exciting), hunted for fabric in Crawford market and a half a dozen lace and fabric supply stores, skyped with family and friends abroad, visited with friends in Mumbai, spent time with family, SLEPT, eaten great food and watched a few movies. Still to come: finalizing meetings with both his tailor and mine, finish some paintings for Easter arts service this weekend, l.e.s.s.o.n. p.l.a.n.n.i.n.g., cooking Mexican for the Garretts, more skype dates, and goodness gracious me finally finishing our e-invites and website for the wedding.
Slowly but surely it’s all coming together. I’m really thankful that we’re keeping this as simple and practical as possible… no full on bridezilla moments (yet)… however I do easily get caught up in the stresses of details and reactions from others…. and Dax is such a patient supportive groom-to-be…
Now in the midst of all this planning and preparing, we settle into another day in this holy week where we focus on the gift we recieved on the cross through Jesus… I am already eagerly living in the joy of the fact that on the third day, He rose again…
In the midst of surviving (and some moments I’d venture to claim thriving) in my first year of teaching… I put together this slideshow of the year’s explorations and adventures in Art to show at an elementary assembly at school to publicize the upcoming art exhibition we’ll be having at ASB in April. It’s a good reminder of everything that went well this year-as I’m really in the process of reflecting how to improve and change for the next go around with some of these projects and units. It’s been a darn good year 🙂
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After being sick all week with Bombay belly (a complete emptying of all that was within me, followed by weakness, followed by slowly restoring strength)…. I was so thankful to have such a peaceful, enjoyable Saturday with Dax in Mumbai simply enjoying the weather, conversation, visiting friends, and resting our bodies for another week ahead. The weekend started off to a fun surprising start with yet another textile exhibtion rolling into Bandra. I tell you these shows come and go- set up, tear down as if they were never there… Bought a few pillow cases, scarves, a skirt/dress, shirt, purse… all for less than $20! Even got to see a few live demos from Indian artists and drooled with envy as Dax took advantage of the Rajistani food…
Today I took my camera out with me.. and took a few snapshots of my favorite things along the walk to lunch… Bizarre and beautiful little details in nature… colors… sunshine… I started the morning with house cleaning and a body balance class… had black dal and rice for lunch with Dax at one of our favorite local restaurants, had some really good conversations through the day about future plans.. wedding.. honeymoon.. etc… and ended the day with a great visit with the Weehunts who are back in Mumbai for a few weeks. Thankful for weekends.. Thankful for this Saturday.
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Screenprinting has sort of become “my thing” over the last 3-4 years. I studied printmaking in college, and enjoyed this particular process… but what I love more than creating is sharing it with students… Screenprinting took me back to South America for a summer of teaching workshops to students who were just learning to walk, learning to be teachers at university, or learning how to enjoy retirement…In my last year at UNI I was invited to teach workshops in area schools, taught my cousin’s 4H group, and helped area youth creat screenprinted Tibetan inspired prayer flags for the arrival of the Dalai Lama to our campus in the spring of 2010.
Now, I’ve found a way to bring “my thing” to India as well. I have been teaching an after school activity for the elementary kiddos at ASB for the past two months and as deeply as I sighed when I committed my Friday afternoons to an extra hour of teaching, I must say I am loving this group and wanted to share some highlights from last week’s session. The kids have learned about hte process of creating a design then making a screen with that design. They have made solo prints, collage prints-using each others’ designs as well, and (their favorite part) screenprinted their very own t-shirt. I love watching them work together and “discover” new ideas (ie: printing on a new area of a shirt, turning a design, changing colors etc..)
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… an extra day in February, my first ASB UnPlugged conference + presentation, a life filled with great friends, restored health, Dax making me smile in new ways every day, trimester 2 narratives complete, getting back to the gym, thankful for safety on the roads in Mumbai and intruiged by imagining the story behind each rickshaw driver I encounter, awesome strawberry peach froyo, great stuff happening in art classes…
And I’m thankful to have a relatively peaceful upcoming weekend with time to Skype with family and update you properly on many of the above mentioned happenings.. but for now.. I’ll leave you with a photo that never ceases to make my day in India: buying food wrapped in recycled newspaper bags.. In this case, one dozen eggs to go 🙂
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