SchoolArts Magazine

SUM 2016

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B e s o c i a l w i t h u s ! SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 41 Advertiser Page Advertiser Page AMACO CIII 11 Apple Subway Tours 41 Bailey 13 Blick CIV Craig Hinshaw 41 Davis Publications CII 4 42 Kiss-Off 41 L&L Kiln 42 Mayco 7 NAEA 2 Nasco 16 PCF Studios 41 Royalwood Ltd. 41 SchoolArts 38 Skutt 1 University of the Arts 38 The SHOP Davis Publications 37 Curator's Corner 37 Nasco 37 Youth Art Month 37 Advertiser Index The fun of those col- laborations inspired a renaissance in my own artwork. I started to approach my artwork with the same joie de vivre. This also informed my teaching. I began to see my students' work and improvement through the eyes of a parent. I began to appreciate that, as important as our students' success is, joy is vital, too. If you can't enjoy that for what it is, think of it this way: Joy is the fuel that keeps us going as art - ists, as students, as teachers, as par- ents, and as humans. Rama Hughes is an art teacher and artist who lives in Glendale, California. rama@ W E B L I N K S I 'm afraid to tell you how well I relax. Our hardworking colleagues defend teachers' salaries by telling the world how hard we work in our free time. I appreciate them. I agree with them. I used to be like them. My life now though is evidence that relaxation is possible. All Work, No Play Before I became a father, I used to work very hard. I stayed up past mid- night to prepare lessons. I got out of the house, of course, but I was always thinking about my next lesson. I jot- ted ideas into a book I kept in my back pocket. I went to craft fairs to seek inspiration. I invited friends over so I could test my lessons on them. On a trip to Mexico, I collected Frida Kahlo trinkets with which to deco- rate my artroom. I spent the summers teaching workshops and preparing for the coming school year. I could not anticipate how parent- hood would change me. For a few too many months, I tried to be a dad while working the way I always did, but I crashed. I crashed spectacularly. Everyone who loved me told me that I had to slow down and let some things go. It didn't seem possible. If I didn't want to burn out, I would have to learn to pace myself. Work Smarter My favorite bit of advice came from a veteran teacher, who told me "Work smarter, not harder." So, every week, I scrutinized my lessons to see how my preparations could be streamlined. I wouldn't do anything for my students that they couldn't do for themselves. They could prep their own paper. They could bind their own sketchbooks. They could tell me about master art- ists. They could even grade each oth- er's work. It only took me a few weeks to realize that my classes improved when I gave students more control. At home, I resolved to do a maxi- mum of one hour of schoolwork each day, which forced me to work more efficiently. Suddenly, I had time to play with my children. To clean the house. To beg my wife to join me on the porch. Rest and Relaxation I started going to bed earlier. I expe- rienced firsthand how sleep improves one's life. I was happier and healthier. I came to school with more patience and compassion. Late nights could not be avoided entirely—I am a father after all. It was worthwhile, though, to note that frustration and exaspera- tion came on the heels of every late night. Rest and relaxation, I now believe, are vital to a teacher's suc- cess. Do Something Fun I started to add, "Do something fun" to the top of my to-do lists. I read books, watched movies, and even played video games for the first time in years. My wife and I took turns going out on our own to visit friends or enjoy restaurants. My mom used to say this about the importance of recreation: "What does 'recreation' mean? To create again." My favorite activity has always been drawing. Artistically, the two most productive times in my life have been art school and fatherhood. My Rama Hughes Rest and relaxation, I believe, are vital to a teacher's success. The Art of Relaxation M A N A G I N G T H E A R T R O O M CONTINUED ON PAGE 38. 12 MAY 2016 SchoolArts CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12. In New York City, you know t he re 's g re at a rt ab ove g ro und . But are you aware of the great art below ground? Our t ours o f t he e xtra ord ina ry art available throughout the NYC sub way system are e duc ationa l a nd e nt ert aining . And we o ff er a s pecial d i scount f o r a r t s t udents a n d t e achers. Visit o ur website for details. NYC Underground Art Tours Apple Subway Tours S THE ORIGINAL K iSS-OFF ® Stain Remover Before you throw it away... try Kiss-Off! Ideal for Classroom, Travel & Art MADE IN THE USA Removes: Oil Paint · Grease · Makeup Blood · Lipstick · Coffee · Red Wine Grass Stains & More "I had gotten blue oil paint on one of my orange fall coats the semester before I even found out about Kiss-Off ® . As soon as I picked it up, I felt like I should give it a try and lo and behold no more dried on oil paint! My jacket was saved." ~Malissa

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