For one, I started student teaching full time. My first placement is in an elementary school, and I cannot emphasize enough how great of a time I am having there. The kids, the other staff, the community - even the curriculum - are all so tightly aligned with my own values and ideals for a future job that I am having a hard time imagining working anywhere else. It is truly an incredible feeling being able to wake up each and every morning actually excited about what I have in store for the day.
The only unfortunate part of being a full time student teacher (other than the whole not-getting-paid-for-a-ton-of-work thing) is that I can no longer work at the gallery. (I also weirdly miss going to my favorite classes, although I certainly do not miss walking there in cold weather). I did, however, get to stop in to the Urban Arts Space this past weekend for the reception of the Fergus Family Scholarship Exhibition. I had two pieces entered in this show, and it was incredible to actually see them hanging on a gallery wall (quite different than stacked in a corner in my bedroom, I must say).
I am optimistic for the months ahead, even as I finish up my last weeks in elementary school and prepare to go to my high school placement. Making art with this busier schedule has been a challenge, but it is an integral part of keeping my sanity at bay, so I try to budget at least a few hours a week for painting.
I am currently working on getting all of my lesson plans from this semester online, and I'll hopefully be able to add some reflective blog posts with pictures of student work in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!