1. "I’ve written about this before, and it comes down to one line: Confusion is the sweat of learning. If a student doesn’t get confused at some point in a class then either the student already knew the material in class, or the student didn’t learn anything in class. It’s just like going to a gym to work out. If you didn’t sweat and you didn’t get sore afterwards, you probably didn’t do anything."

    Two Common Misconceptions About Learning | WIRED (via teachnologies)

    YES. I’ve told my students that it’s not “bad” to struggle in my class…it means you are LEARNING.

  2. itscolossal:

    Mineral Admiration: Drawings of crystals and other minerals by Karina Eibatova

    Color pencil? Wow.
  3. I am still around. I’ve been teaching.

    This Tumblr does still exist, even though I haven’t posted anything for a while.

    We’re 2 weeks into the school year and I’m still learning students’ names. I have over 170…Definitely an interesting mix.

    Since the Foods class was taken away, I now get more of the ELD and Sped. population. I think I have about 20 Sped. kids. Yep, and I’m supposed to accommodate for all of them. Doesn’t mean I dumb down the class or lower my expectations, but I provide the same accommodations for all.

    Which means, I’ll provide sentence starters and frames even if you are a 12th grader and you’re taking 3 AP classes.

    I had to explain to my period 6 class on why I was taking the time to clearly explain and demonstrate my instructions for an Icebreaker, even though it was shown on a PowerPoint: “There are over 8 students in this class that are still learning English, so I am demonstrating for everyone.”

    Sheesh. Some of my seniors haven’t calmed down yet…

    But I am happy to be teaching all Art 1s and I’m excited to see how the year goes. Plus this is my 3rd year, YAY! I also love being in my new classroom with TONS of storage.

    The beginning has been surprisingly smooth b/c I prepped most of the PPTs and activities during the summer (YES for productivity!!). We even played 2 new Icebreakers that were mostly successful (as in, most of the class seemed engaged). I’ve never been a fan of Icebreakers though I do understand the importance of doing them…

    I want to post more art-related stuff here on this Tumblr. Less ranting of my job.

  4. magictransistor:

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Zur Farbenlehre (Theory of Colors), 1810.

  5. mgrue:

I’m home sick.. so decided it was a good opportunity to sketch Nike the goddess of victory for Sketch Dailies!

    mgrue:

    I’m home sick.. so decided it was a good opportunity to sketch Nike the goddess of victory for Sketch Dailies!

  6. If you live in (or near) San Francisco (and if you like Disney-related anything), you need to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum!

    I spent literally the entire day there with my mom, which is unusual for us. There was so much to see and read that it actually became overwhelming. I’ll post photos soon. I had always wanted to visit and so glad I finally did.

    With your ticket purchase, you can also get tickets (for free) to see the movie of the month, which was “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair”. (World’s Fair of 1964!) It was a fun film because it showed the “new” attractions that eventually came to Disneyland.

    Also checked out the Mary Blair exhibit. I loved seeing her work!

    What was also nice is since the museum is in the Presidio (old barracks of SF), it didn’t really feel like you were in the “city” of SF.

    I highly suggest that if you like Disney, visit the museum. If you don’t care for Disney, then…you’ll be really bored.

  7. kevinjaystanton:

The Spirit Bird, 2014 - 5.5x8”, cut paper, acrylic
A few months ago I was commissioned by Pitt Press to do a cover illustration for and upcoming collection of short stories. I was particularly excited to get back to some papercutting which I hadn’t done in a while. Plus I got to research and illustrate 8 birds, including one of my new favorites, the Yellow Wagtail (seen in the middle). 
Unfortunately, this iteration of the cover won’t actually be printed. I was asked to rework the cover so that it is pretty stripped down (essentially just some of the birds and the ribcage). It’s a bummer, but I’m still proud to show the original piece, so here it is!

    kevinjaystanton:

    The Spirit Bird, 2014 - 5.5x8”, cut paper, acrylic

    A few months ago I was commissioned by Pitt Press to do a cover illustration for and upcoming collection of short stories. I was particularly excited to get back to some papercutting which I hadn’t done in a while. Plus I got to research and illustrate 8 birds, including one of my new favorites, the Yellow Wagtail (seen in the middle). 

    Unfortunately, this iteration of the cover won’t actually be printed. I was asked to rework the cover so that it is pretty stripped down (essentially just some of the birds and the ribcage). It’s a bummer, but I’m still proud to show the original piece, so here it is!

  8. finished this painting of a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird today. it’s so nice to paint again. it makes me feel calm…

    finished this painting of a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird today. it’s so nice to paint again. it makes me feel calm…

  9. "Some teachers still have trouble showing any sort of vulnerability of fallibility. These teachers will expend immense amounts of energy hiding the fact they’re frustrated at something, that they’re upset or perhaps even angry. Why? Other teachers get tied into logical knots to avoid admitting “I have no idea what the answer to your question is.” But teachers who genuinely connect with students are the ones who aren’t afraid to show emotions in class, who can admit that they aren’t in fact the repository of all knowledge. Of course nobody want to be a wallowing, blubbering mess in class, but what better way to teach empathy than to give the students someone to empathize with when we’re having a bad day? What better way to foster collaboration and to teach that it’s okay not to know something than to say “I don’t know, let’s find that out!”?"
  10. ummno:

empyrean-princess:

This is literally so fucking important


Best teacher ever.



Should just post this in my classroom…

    ummno:

    empyrean-princess:

    This is literally so fucking important

    Best teacher ever.

    Should just post this in my classroom…

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28 year old high school art teacher who likes to paint, draw, read, and craft. In my town, there is a street called "Paintbrush Drive." users online

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