Saturday, August 20, 2011

Starry, starry night....

I've wanted to join Heather for Drawing with Children for many months now.  Alas, I've been so busy that I haven't had time to wrap my head around the lessons.  I'm pretty busy right now, and brain cells are at a premium.  I was ready to hand off art to another teacher when Kathleen recommended Meet the Masters, a scripted, online art program.

You have to understand something to get the real beauty of my decision.  When I was a young, upstart teacher in inner-city Memphis, I was a creative whiz kid.  My classroom was like a little Disneyland, and I almost always had fun, hands-on, whoop-dee-doo stuff going ALL.THE.TIME.

Then our school adopted a reading program that was SCRIPTED. 

I was not happy 'bout that, folks.

There was huffing.

There was puffing.

There were numerous comments about not needing a college degree if all they wanted me to do was read a script.

Trained monkeys, you know... yada, yada, yada....

Well, here I am 15 years later.  I'm older and slower.  The creativity of youth is making way for the exhaustion of middle age, and I happen to like reading a script now.  It hurts a lot less than thinking. 

This week Wilbur and I started our scripted lessons with Meet the Masters

Love it.  Love it.  Love it. 

The script isn't dry or insulting to the teacher.  It follows a nice slide-show of art, and afterwards, there are instructions on implementing the techniques of the master of the week.  All of which is very easy to implement for a much-too-busy homeschool mom like me. 

Our master this week was VanGogh, and here are our replications of his work, Starry Night.

Wilbur's Art

Dawn's Art
Kinda looks like a Tim Burton movie, doesn't it?!?

It ain't Disneyland but it's getting the job done, and that's better than wishing on a starry, starry night for some young, creative teacher to come and rescue me.  I'm too old for fairy godmothers.

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Please consider contributing to Albina's adoption....

Called You by Name is hosting an incredible giveaway.  The prizes are amazing: an Apple iPad 2, Kindle 3G, $100 Target Gift Card and a $50 gift card, just to name a few.

But the real winners are the Jollys, the authors of Called You by Name and hosts of the giveaway.  They are running this amazing giveaway to raise some of the funds needed to adopt a precious, special needs child, Albina.  For every $10 you contribute to their adoption fund, you will receive one entry in their giveaway.  You can read more details about the giveaway, their adoption story and Albina at their blog. 

Please consider contributing and helping to spread the word.