I just got home from a fabulous yoga class! That is one of the many things I love to do during my summers of freedom. One of the joys of being a teacher is indeed June, July and August.
For 9 months out of the year, I am a high school art and art history teacher. I so love passing on my passion for art to the students! The highlight of my day has become my Advanced Placement Art History Class. I love talking about and looking at art and am so challenged by my students. Its a little unnerving when someone asks a question that I don't know the answer to, but I've learned that telling the class I don't know is OK. Sometimes I do a little research and report back the next day, sometimes I ask the students to do the research themselves. I'm learning right along with them! I've been teaching for eleven years now, and cannot believe how fast the time has gone.
A charcoal drawing from one of my graduated students, Cari Wayman.
She is an amazing artist and photographer. Check out her Flickr Photostream
During the summer, I get to catch up on all the parts of my life that get neglected during the school year. I spend a good deal of time working on my art that I sell in my Etsy shop. I'm also stockpiling work for a big art fair that happens in Chicago in September that I'm hoping to get into. I'll know in August if I'm accepted. Cross your fingers for me!
Though its easy for me to spend the entire day in the studio, I try to get out and enjoy the summer weather while working in my yard. This year I've expanded my vegetable garden and am just starting to reap some of the benefits of my work. I've eaten some of my lettuce and made pesto with my basil. I can't wait for those heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers to be ready to eat. I'm big into locally grown food and like to frequent the farmer's markets which are becoming bigger and better stocked every year. (More about that in another post.)
Well, I'm getting tired of writing about myself, but I swear there's more to me than art and gardening. More next time!