Sunday, August 7, 2016

it's that time...Outside my classroom

It is officially time to stop denying that soon school starts! since teacher report this coming Thursday!!!!! 

I have started working in my classroom and have actually made a lot of progress but finished very little other then my door and hallway display.  Every year I do a yearlong theme outside my room.  I don't change it (other than for Christmas) because I am always rotating out artwork displays.  So I figure I get a free pass on doing monthly bulletin boards like other teachers do!  Or at least that is how I justify it to myself.

I teach k-12 art 
and my room is located all by itself next to the lunch room, at the end of the Elementary wing, opposite from the High School, and room across from the Gym (I am kind of on an island and I LOVE IT). My room is actually the only room sport patrons see when they come to games.  So I decided to do a South Loup Bobcat theme this year!  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
My bobcat door hanger.
I drew the bobcat on a piece of underlayment and the hubs cut it out.  
Then I painted it up and added the ribbon.  
(I have one more drawn up I'm thinking art club fundraiser!?)
A friend of mine from high school cut out the vinyl for me. 
I LOOOOVE how it turned out!!!!!!
I also painted up this chair bobcat blue and covered the seat in some left over fabric from the oldest cowgirls nursery
(yes she is almost 8 and I still have it laying around!)
I also added my schedule, a logo, and a saying I really enjoy.
Now to tie up ends inside my room!!! 
It will all come together.  It always does!!!!

Have a great school year to all teachers, students, and parents!!!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

end of year teacher gift

School is out for the summer!!!!!
Once again this year we had amazing teachers for the girls.  
We chose to give a little parting gift.
So...What do you give a teacher for an end of the year teacher gift?
This year we gave beach towels.  
Rae's teacher spends a large portion if her summer at their lake house.  
Hers said,  "Have a great summer at the lake".
We often see AJ's teacher at the pool.  
Hers said, "We hope to see you at the pool this summer".
The gifts we gave were not expensive or anything fancy 
but the girls were so excited to give their teachers a gift to say thanks.

Now that school is out I am planing on blogging regularly again.  
I can't wait to give a home tour!!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

the importance of the arts in education

I love my job.  I get to do what I love every day.  I am blessed by this but not only am I doing what I enjoy I am also making an impact.  Last year I wrote a blog post (you can read it here) about how I feel as an art educator.  All of these things still hold true but just yesterday I came across this visual and I LOVE IT!!!!  I knew my job mattered but it was awesome seeing the actual statistics.  Pretty impressive!!!

I know the arts are not everyone's passion but I truly believe that everyone can benefit from some aspect of the arts in their life.  Visual arts, music, theater, and dance are all great healthy outlets for our youth AND adults.  I ask you to please encourage these in the young people in your AND I encourage you to incorporate some aspect of the arts into your own life!  I promise you won't regret it!

Friday, January 1, 2016

In 2016 I will...

It is that time of year again.  
Time to reflect on the past year and time to look forward to the new year ahead. 

This year my overall goal is to see everything as a blessing and not a burden.
It is easy to get overwhelmed and get bogged down by it all 
and have those blessings feel like burdens.

All my stresses are really my blessings....
3 busy healthy children
Amazing husband
We are building a new home
I have a job {that I LOVE}

Each year I set goals or resolutions for the upcoming year.
This year I am making "I will" statements

Do you make resolutions? 
What are yours?

Have a fabulous year!!!!!
~ Suzi

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

We had another busy year 
Everyone says that right? 
I’ll quickly hit the highlights and let you keep moving with your own busy life! ;)

The Hubs is still at the lumber yard.  He has been with the company for 15 years now.  
He is keeping very busy working on building our new home!!!  
He still tries to fit in golf whenever he can. 

Suzi is in her 2nd year of being a k-12 art teacher in a small rural school.  
She and her friend have started teaching painting classes/parties. 
She is also excited to start working on the “fun stuff” in decorating their new home.

S is a Sophomore in High School.  
He is probably the busiest of us all.  
Between football, wrestling, track, lifting, camps, working, 
and fitting in time for friends an family he is always busy!  
He is doing great in school and we are super proud of him.

The oldest cowgirl is a 1st grader and is excelling in school!  
She loves to read.  she is becoming quite the talented artist!  
This year she started  gymnastics and basketball.  
She is also helping mom decorate the new home and is excited to have her own room soon.

The little cowgirl started preschool this year.  
She is having a great time and enjoying it very much.  
She loves her animals and to be outside.  
She is excited to be a “big kid”.  
This year she finally gets to go to church on Wednesdays nights and gymnastics 
with her sister. 

God Bless You,

Suzi {and family} @ chores and chandeliers

Monday, December 28, 2015

step parenting {the blend}

I love being a step parent.
I honestly believe that having a bonus child is just that, A BONUS!
This video is a must watch...WOW
The biological parents are a great example!!!
I feel as if we have a similar situation and unfortunately this is not the norm.

The Blend
What happens to a family after divorce and remarriage?
Posted by SoulPancake on Thursday, December 24, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

CHRISTmas time

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.  
WE SURE DID, although we are not done yet.  
We have another celebration tomorrow.  
Since I am a procrastinator we headed to town to pick up a few things for tomorrow.
The girls insisted I pull over and take their annual picture by the display at the town square!  
I love this tradition and I love that they look forward to it going up every year!!!!  
Before we left the littlest cowgirl had to clean the snow off of baby Jesus! 
Tonight I took the cowgirls sledding.  
I didn't get any photos tho!  
I chose to not take my phone (I didn't want the distraction!)
The Hubs and S worked over at the new house all day.
I hope to check in next week and do an update on the blog with the house progress!!! 
So come back next week and check it out!!!!

Merry Christmas
~ Suzi

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Teaching art IS my passion!!!

Today I was at a workshop and it has me reflecting back on one of my all time favorite teaching posts......

I LOVE MY JOB!!!!!  I honestly do.  Being an art teacher is exactly what I am meant to do.  I LOVE coming to work every day!!!!  That being said I look forward to every weekend, snow day, late start, break, and vacation. 

Here are a few of my random {art teacher} thoughts…..

I don’t just teach art.
I also teach history, vocabulary, manors, discipline, integrity, work ethic, respect, compassion, responsibly {and the list goes on and on}.

I haven’t made art since I became a teacher.
How’s this possible with all this art being created around me daily?  Well I just never have enough time to think of an idea, and execute it.  Unless you count the 3 minute Jellyfish I made yesterday when showing water color techniques?!?!

I spend a lot of my own money. A lot.
I don’t think a week goes by when I’m not at a store picking something up for my classroom. I don’t think a week goes by when I’m not scrounging through my personal supplies for materials to use in my classroom.  

I hate the question, “What are we doing today?”
It honestly makes me cringe.  Please don’t ask it because I have yet to forget to tell you what we are doing when you to came class. 

I love the naughty kids!
Yes they cause problems, act up, distract others, and say things that shouldn't be said; but they are also the ones who bring a lot of joy to my job. I love a kid with spunk!!! 

I have a name!
Please don’t call me “Teacher”.  I don’t call you “Student”.

I like a clean classroom!!!!
Pick up after yourself.  I know you know where the glue gun goes; you just got it out 40 minutes ago.  

I don’t like teaching every medium.
I have my favorites and I focus on what I like best.  Sorry all art teachers do it….Okay, maybe it has a little to do with the mess some mediums make.  

Sometimes I wish I taught a different subject area. 
It sure would be nice to have a set lesson plan and book to follow.  Then reality hits and I remember who I am and realize I would go crazy on a set schedule like that (but it is appealing some days).

I hate to grade!
I put it off as long as I can.  So my grade book is always behind.  I get not satisfaction out of grading work.  I wish I could have a TA do it but that’s not really an option in art.  

Art is not an easy A.
Please don’t take Art for an easy A.  Take art because you want to be creative, try hard, and do something different from your other academic areas.  Try and I promise you WILL pass….but I wont promise an A.

I show up for the students.
I’m not in it for the fame and fortune (because we all know that’s never going to happen).  I show up for the elementary students who hug me. I show up for the students who tell me they love art class. I show up for the students who express excitement and pride.  I show up for the High School students who use the art room as their safe place.  And yeah, I show up for the students who can’t sit still in their seats, can’t refrain from blurting out, don’t like art, ignore me, and who would rather be anywhere else but art class. I show up for the students.  All of them.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

We did it!!!

WE DID IT!!!!!
My friend Sarah and I hosted a painting class at Kinkaider Brewing Company in Broken Bow. 
Spirits and Showpieces.
It went great!!!!  We had 33 ladies show up!
Sarah and I split up duties.
She made 36 easels!!!! Yes she MADE 36!  
They were awesome! 
She also bought and washed 36 aprons.
She did the whole business portion (books, schedule, money, etc.)
I bought the paint, brushes and taught the class. 
Sarah helped out by refilling paint and assisting people throughout the whole class!
I honestly could not have done it without her. 
I have no idea how one person could have done it (or at least do it well)!
We are both artists and agreed we wanted to break it down to a step by step instruction but yet we didn’t want to make it to crafty and generic. 
We gave a lot of variations, options and artistic freedom
I gave 3 back ground options (Turquoise, light neutrals, and Dark Blue) and then they could chose to do white or orange pumpkins.

We had a WIDE variety of pumpkins!!!!  I LOVED THAT! 
They all worked so hard and I loved just watching them work. 

I really did not want them to all look like mine 
{the art teacher in me would have cried}.
They look awesome huh? 

{This is the demo I did during the class.}
Have a great week!