I was fortunate enough to get to the Arts in Education Conference again this year. Sharing, Learning, Growing, Looking for a better way to be an artist, and an educator. Passing stories between other art teachers, and listening to our Keynote speaker, I begin to hope, wonder, reflect, and plan. Words put together, spoken, defined and redefined, then written down become the muse of others work. While I had several epiphany's this summer, one which I shared Is that I enjoyed photographing things green and growing and all things dead and decaying in the forest. And one that stuck with me is being the agent of creative experience.
I was challenged to redefine art, and the artist as being one who pours themselves into something they create. So I have been challenged both in the terms of my own art, and in how I go about working with young artists. Pouring myself into my own work is something I am very familiar with. drawing that from somebody else has been a growing challenge. This was recognized by the group, the growing challenge to move away from what we have created in our society. We have built a system that squelches creative thinking, in favor of simply giving the answers to the test. Getting away from that means bringing creative though back into our classrooms.
Now lets see If I can be even MORE random, Open ideas and lines of though. Reflect on what has happened, and learn to make a more interesting tomorrow!
Thinking about how a Mouse and a Refrigerator are similar, and realize that they are perhaps more similar than they are different, Both have inspired me to continue.