Saturday, March 31, 2012

MAEA 2012 State Elementary Exhibition

Michigan Art Education Association
State Elementary Exhibition 2011
-2011 Top 15-

One year ago at this time, during my 1st year of teaching art, I was given notice that three of five pieces of artwork that I submitted to the Michigan Art Education Association State Elementary Exhibition were selected to be displayed at the state's capital, Lansing, Michigan.  Of the three pieces of artwork selected, two were recognized and given higher honors. 

The first was selected as 2011 Top 15 from the 100 elementary pieces of artwork selected state-wide to be exhibited at the show in Lansing, MI. (An image of this artwork can be seen to the left). The second, was chosen for the Michigan State Superintendent Exhibition which was displayed throughout the 2011-2012 year at the Michigan Department of Education central office. (An image of this artwork can be seen below).

Michigan State Superintendent Exhibition 2011-2012

This was outstanding news to hear before the end of my first school year as a teacher. I was incredibly proud of the three student's who had their artwork selected.  I was very happy their hard work had been received and recognized for the high level of creativity and skill.

Fast forward to the present.  My 2nd year of teaching art is nearing the finish and I have once again been given notice that two more of my student's works of art have been selected for the Michigan Art Education Association State Elementary Exhibition.  This year both of the students were selected as 2012 Top 15 from the 100 elementary pieces of artwork selected state-wide. I am extremely proud and happy their artwork has been honored and two more of my students can be added to the three from last year in understanding their talent is real and noticeable. What also thrills me is both student's who had their work selected are 1st graders. I will hopefully have 4+ more years with each of these students, and I'm eager to see how far they can reach their talents and expand their skills.

So much about the future is unpredictable, so I am simply living each day feeling very fortunate that I am able to work with great kids who have completely stolen my heart; I'm blessed to be able to share a role in their growth as individuals and to have the privilege of congratulating them on each of their achievements along the way.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Children books illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Children books illustrated by E.B. Lewis:


Children's Book Illustartor and Artist: E.B. Lewis

                   E. B. LEWIS

For March is Reading Month one of my elementary schools arranged E.B. Lewis (Multi-award winning African American Illustrator and Artist) visit and speak with the students; Lewis shared stories of past struggles during his childhood, specifically as a student, and how he became an award winning illustrator of children's books. 

Lewis was very inspirational, empowering the students to believe in themselves and that if they want to be successful they will be successful.  He told them that the future is today.  It's been weeks since his visit, and I still hear students each day mention advice Mr. Lewis gave when he visited.  Hearing a student repeat, "Remember Mr. Lewis said the future is today, not tomorrow," warms my heart. 

I am so thankful for the wonderful opportunity of having E.B. Lewis motivate my students and contribute to building the confidence they have in themselves.  Every week I spend several minutes at the beginning of each class reminding my students they are talented artists, and how beautiful I think their masterpieces are.  I will never stop reminding them of these things every week, but  I understand after hearing those words from the same person over and over again, the words slowly lose their impact.  It was truly a blessing to welcome Mr. Lewis into the lives of the students I love so much, and have him remind the kids to dream big and have confidence in themselves.

E.B. Lewis has made a lasting impression on the minds and hearts of my students, it is easy for me to see inside of my artroom day after day, and its a special memory that I will not forget either.