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Wonderful, awesome, sassy and crazy…

A friend/co-worker of mine shared this t-shirt on my FB page today.  I LOVE IT!  What I love most is when I read that it makes me get even MORE excited about this coming Monday.  I *GET* to go back to work after summer vacation.  I’m so blessed.  I, of course, love my summer, but WOW, DO I LOVE MY JOB!  I do!  Some people think I’m nuts.  I’m cool with that. I am nuts about the job God has given me.

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Because…I truly believe in this verse right here:

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, -Colossians 3:23 (HCSB)

We are SUPPOSED to be excited about our work…

Enthusiastic about our daily jobs…  here’s another version of the verse:

Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.

(International Standard Version)

I love that..WHOLEHEARTEDLY!  Do it with all your heart. (BIG HUGE CRAZY SMILEY FACE HERE)

I have this saying hanging in my shop:  Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.

Here’s another one: Make your vocation your vacation.

And let’s not forget to do this:

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I thank God for my WONDERFUL job where I get to teach some AWESOME kiddos, work with some SASSY people AND they all love me even though I’m CRAZY!

What do I care?

What do I care …

If someone doesn’t appreciate my need to look on the bright side?

If smiling is not EVERYONE’S favorite thing?

If people think I’m ugly, fat or stupid?

If my art doesn’t please someone?

If my car isn’t nice enough?

My house not big enough?

Or I don’t wear the “in” styles?

What do I care?

I don’t. 

Peace. 

I AM CREATIVE!

I love this quote.  It’s by, as you can see, a very intelligent man.  It was said that he had an IQ of 160.  That is a number to tell you about his “smartness.”  I can only imagine his attitude, demeanor and wit.  Reading some of his quotes and other things that have been written about him makes me think he definitely had a mixture of book smart, street smart and social smart.  BLESSINGS!

Anyway, THIS QUOTE below is one of those where I’m like, “RIGHT??!!??”

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The person who illustrated this quote is very talented as well.  If you want to look at some of their other works, you can click here.  She has a ton of beautiful things!

WHO SAYS ARTISTS AREN’T INTELLIGENT?  Albert Einstein, one of the smarties himself, didn’t.  (or at least that is what this quote says to me)

I am creative.  I am artistic.  I am intelligent.

SO PROUD

I’ve had encounters with two former students this week that have made my heart swell with pride.  They are both on an awesome path where they are constantly doing amazing things.  I’m so blessed to know so many former students like this.  Out of all the things that give me joy in teaching, seeing students succeed is my most favorite.

It’s like watching a work of art develop into this beautiful image or sculpture.  I’m not saying I created it.  We all know who created it, but I’d like to think I put a brush stroke or mold here or there to help push the creation in the right direction.

Students, of course, make their own decisions no matter what you teach them.  When they make those RIGHT decisions and set goals while keeping their eye on THE ONE who truly is in control, I almost become giddy!

Also, when they come back and give me even a tiny amount of credit in helping to *raise them right*, my heart is so full.

I’m SO PROUD.

I love Mickey!

Why does the sight of that crazy little mouse that was sketched out by Walt Disney so many years ago make my face smile before I even think about it?

I see those ears and just think JOY!

Some people see $$$ and think of the amount of money it takes to go to a Disney Park.  I know it takes a chunk of change, but when our family went there a couple of years ago, it truly was MAGICAL.

I feel like Mickey is my friend.  I KNOW HIM!  I mean, he hugged me!  I was at his “house” there in Orlando and he introduced me to so many of his fellow Disney family members.  That makes us tight, right?

Well, either way, that is the way I feel about it.

The fact that he is so ALIVE NOW  …and he just started as pencil and paper is amazing to me.  It’s like every artist’s dream…to have their creation touch others positively.   Walt Disney started something that, I’m sure, he didn’t realize would be this big.  I’m certain he knew it would be great, but really…ALL THIS!?!   His vision and creativity ended up being the sparks that built this enormous fire of awesomeness!

I love the awe in eyes of all ages when they see THE MOUSE …or other characters.

AND even though I know there is a person in that mouse outfit…

I love Mickey!

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p.s. I wanna go back to Disney World.  Just sayin.

I’m a mean teacher!

I expect my students to come in, sit down and listen a little.

I ask them to do things like color and create, paint and sculpt.

I encourage them to continue working and not to give up.

I ask them to concentrate and work toward a goal.

I demonstrate the correct way and then help and assist them to do it on their own.

They can do it!

Most of them try their hardest and a large part of my students GET IT.

They CAN draw, they CAN paint and they CAN create art.

Some of them say, “I’m not an artist.”  To them I say, “YES YOU ARE.”

I expect them to do their best.  My class, like any other, takes some work.  Just like other classes, students do well in it or they do not so well in it… but really, truly, it depends on about 90% attitude.

If they start out thinking they CAN’T… they are probably right.  If they start out not liking the assignment or for some reason think I’m MEAN by asking them to do it… they will more than likely not have a good outcome.  If they get to the point that their attitude becomes disrespect, it is certain they will not do well.  All that does is make me sad for them.  I will not accept their I CAN’T attitude or their misconception of why I assigned the project …AND THERE IS NO WAY I will take their disrespect.

So, if that makes me a mean teacher…

I’M A MEAN TEACHER!

Blessings Today

#1 This is the video I created today. This woman is awesome and I’m glad she allows me to help in her ministry! What a blessing!

#2 I met a new friend today. His name is Chris and he’s one of those people you meet and you instantly like. I probably talked his head off and he might think I’m a total art freak…or other variety, but I sure did appreciate God allowing me to meet him today. He was taking my pic for an upcoming article on a project I do. He’s a total artsy…one of MY PEOPLE…he’s in the ART TRIBE. What a blessing!

#3 My child played volleyball tonight and their team won. I’m so proud of that gal. ANOTHER BLESSING!

# There are more to list, but I won’t go on…God knows He showers me and I want to give all of the praises to HIM!

Amen 🙂

My Landscape

I have not painted a landscape such as this in many years. I had a friend ask me to paint the view from the front porch of their daughter’s house who is actually stationed out of the country right now. I prayed and prayed it would look good. I know GOD can do anything—He makes the best landscapes!
Here is the product of prayer and acrylic paint:

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Here’s the original photograph leaned on the painting. It’s a blessing to me. I’m def not a professional landscape artist, but this was a fun challenge.

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WANNA ART Workshop

I love my job. I love it today more than I loved it last year, ten years ago and so on. I’ve always loved it. My love for it just grows as I’m blessed through this vocation, I know, I was called to do. I continue to receive confirmation from God over and over again that this is what He made me to do. I thank Him over and over for it, as I do my many blessings.

I had so much fun with a room full of ladies today at the WANNA ART Workshop. It was a great time of food, fellowship, sharing and learning. I’m so glad my school distinct allows me to
host things like this.

Making connections like I did today makes me excited. It’s just like the blog I wrote about a couple of weeks ago about “Excitement sharpens excitement. It surely does!

Here’s a few pics from the day:

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I am Rita Clawson and I’m an Art Teacher. Judge away!

I’ve been preparing for a workshop I’m hosting at our high school tomorrow and I keep thinking of all the things I can share. I’m going to have to narrow it down, because some of the teacher coming are presenting as well. I’m so excited to CONNECT and LEARN! This workshop is not just for art teachers…there will also be several teachers there who teach other subjects—some electives, some core. It will be a mix! EXCITING!

While I was making notes on different things, I came across some projects and info that made me think about how art teachers (and other electives/ non-core) are looked at by some of our co-workers, peers, parents and others. I like to think of it as the “dumb-jock” stereotype. We are looked at as the *EASY* subjects and some even refer to us as the classes that “don’t really matter.” I’ve had parents actually say that to me. I even had a parent tell me one time that all elective teachers do is pull a grade out of their butt for each student. HA! SERIOUSLY? Other teachers have been caught saying things like, “I wish I was the art teacher and got to have all the fun.” or “I should have gotten my degree in (said elective class here) so I wouldn’t have to give state tests.” Again, SERIOUSLY? My answer to that is… oh, let me add it to the list below… read on.

I came up with this rant to answer a lot of questions on why our “EASY” CLASSES are really very important and very essential to each and every person in this world.

1. Art is EVERYWHERE! If we didn’t have art we wouldn’t have awesome tennis shoes with bright colors and aerodynamic features which make us want to purchase them and run like gazelles. (well, I don’t run, but you might) We wouldn’t have photos of loved ones hanging in our halls, water bottles with a SUPERMAN S on it to make us feel super, clothes with any pattern, color or style, music to enjoy, dance, television, web-design, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles underwear! Ok, I think you get this first point. Whether or not you like to actually create art in any form, in some way, you USE IT. It’s everywhere!

2. Art has been proven to help all kinds of learning. Creating it helps develop problem solving. There have been studies on better test scores and how it helps make a student less likely to drop out of school (sometimes an elective class is the ONLY reason a student drags themselves out of bed and on to school). Art can stand alone and/or support. It’s awesome!

3. A teacher who says OR THINKS (because some people can hold their tongue) that an art or any other elective teacher for that matter is just coloring, singing, building, creating, finger painting, etc. every single day and does nothing else, but sing and dance in class, is a teacher/person who has no idea what we are about. Sure, we have fun, but it’s because we were CALLED TO DO THIS. If you are a core teacher who was not called to do an elective, you should be having fun doing what you do best just as we are with what we do best. Am I right? When any teacher complains about an elective teacher not being as hard-working or held accountable as much as OTHER teachers…this, to me, is just a reflection of the dark sadness they have in their heart about the vocation they are apparently “stuck” in. If you put me down for what I was called to do, that only tells me there is something wrong with you–NOT ME. I could go on… but I won’t. Oh, oh, oh, one more thing…WE DO HAVE TO HELP GIVE STATE TESTS. If only we could use being an elective teacher to get out of that! EVERYONE would want to be an elective teacher then! HA!

4. A parent or even a student who believes our classes are NOT IMPORTANT makes me giggle a little. As a parent, try to be around a child that has no time in their day to create or express themselves in a unique way. If all day a student only looks at letters and numbers and they have no time to run, play, create (talking about all electives here)–you will have a student who is about to explode when they get home. When a student believes an elective class is not important, most of the time, they just don’t think they are good at it.

5. I dedicate this number all to THE GRADE that somehow, SOME people think I pull out of my hind end. (including that parent that said it to me one time…that parent was also a teacher…*sigh*) So, what I do, I’m assuming, is look at the piece of art and just come up with a number. If that were the case, I think I’d just give 100s or 0s. It would either be a GO or a NO. THAT would make it easy. My grading system is so difficult at times. There are so many factors that go into grading a piece of art. It’s sooooo subjective. I must take in consideration all of these (VARIABLES): the student’s ability, the student’s attitude, the use of tools, the use of materials, the solution to the problem I’ve presented them, the actual final product. To add to all of those things I must decipher, I also have to remember that my opinion must not be a major factor in the work. Say a child uses tons of blue in their work and blue is my least favorite color…that cannot be a factor in the grade. It’s not like grading a multiple choice paper or worksheet (bad word) with definite answers on them. Some days, it’s MIND BOGGLING! Let me say this, I DO NOT PULL A GRADE OUT OF MY BOOTY OR FROM ANYWHERE ELSE THAT MIGHT BE IMPOSSIBLE OR IMAGINARY. The end.

6. We are not dumb. For real. We had to take all those college courses just as every other teacher did. The classes in our major were just different. I would love to see some of those core teachers try to pass some of the crazy art classes I had to take! It would be about as hilarious as me trying to pass an upper college level math class. No thank you.

7. I just like the number 7 and thought I’d end with it. I didn’t write this to offend, just to defend.

I’m soooooooo excited about the workshop tomorrow. I’m praying for a room full of fun, happy, excited people who are ready to CONNECT and LEARN! OHH BOY!!! MY FAVORITE!!!

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