Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Respite

I just completed several batches of textbook illustrations that I have been working on since the end of October. What began as 108 illustrations turned into 143. I had to let 2 picture book assignments pass through my hands during this project - one because the situation was not right, and the other because the deadline was impossible for me. But those are decisions that you have to make sometimes, you know? I hope there is a new offer right around the corner.
My second semester of teaching children's art classes at Wheaton began today. We had lots of fun. I had the younger kids stretch their creativity by blindly reaching into paper bags to choose 5 words or phrases that would complete a sentence that they then had to illustrate. For example: The blue horse juggled omelets while wearing boots on a train in a rainstorm. They loved this assignment! For my older class of kids, we created grey scale models and then I set up 3 eggs on black paper under a spotlight and we rendered studies of the eggs, taking note of shadows and values and reflective light. I was so impressed with these kids. They are only 11 and their drawings were beautiful! I also started my 3rd teaching job today, teaching art to a group of home schooled kids in my community. Next week we will be working on self-portraits in graphite.
It feels good to have completed this huge 3 1/2 month long illustration assignment, and now to invest my time into teaching budding artists! This is what makes me happy about being an artist. Every day is a gift.

29 comments:

  1. Hey Kate, your kind of respite doesn't sound like respite at all! You still sound so busy! I have to say yet again that I think it is wonderful you are teaching young kids about art. And I love your assignments! I may have to try that out myself ... anything to get those creative juices flowing! I so wish you had been my art teacher!

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  2. Congrats on getting through a long haul of work. I'm sure good things are coming your way soon! BTW, great cat.

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  3. Love this ! He is the same shape as my Cat! And that says it all!
    Sandra Evertson

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  4. How wonderful that you finished your long assignment.. Don't worry, I'm sure there is another book deal coming soon, you'll see Kate.. you are very talented :o)

    Those classes sound like so much fun! Loved that assignment with the words! What a great idea :o)

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  5. Wow, you are one busy woman.

    Love the art assignment for the littler kids. My kids and I may have to try that one!

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  6. That's great Kate, sounds like you have art instruction in your genes!

    I taught all ages (6-60) for many years and sometimes I really miss it, the young kids have such unbridled creativity.

    Thanks again for the JacketFlap link! I haven't explored it much yet but it seems like a wonderful site.

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  7. You do more stuff in a day then i do all week. :)

    Hey, were is the kids art blog???

    ian

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  8. Congratulations on finishing your 3-month project. Your students are fortunate to have you as their teacher. With your talents and experience, you are sure to receive an offer soon. You're right, every day is a gift, which you seem to fill nicely with assignments and service. Nice.

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  9. Congrats on a job well done... now it's time for a vacation...LOL

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  10. Sounds like a great way to rest actually, if you consider resting a way to get energy back. Teaching children art seems an awesome way to get good positive energy.

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  11. Hi Kathleen....what a great post...congrats on getting your assignment completed...what a great feeling ...especially on such a large and long project...great work as always...and these will be enjoyed for many generations...

    Congrats on starting your new classes...how exciting for you and how wonderful for the children to have such a wonderful teacher with a passion for art and teaching...

    You are truly an inspiration and I am happy to communicate with you...

    Great post...thanks for sharing and I look forward to more...

    I have some candy for you if you have a sweet tooth tonight....

    Have a wonderful night...
    Cheers,
    Diana

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  12. Oh, almost forgot...that kitty is adorable, hee hee! Love the kitties.

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  13. Glad to hear that you finally got a break, but it still sounds busy to me. :)

    I'm passing you the "You Make My Day" award, too. I know you have many in hand, hope that you don't mind to add one more. :)

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  14. Congrats on finishing your job... sometimes it's nice to get to the end of something! I wish I was in your younger kids class, sounds like so much fun! ;-)

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  15. Wow Kate, way to go!! I'd love to see example of their work sometime and yes, we shouldn't take our days for granted also--each day brings us so much potential. Keep it up!!

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  16. That sounds like a really cool assignment (the word grab bag). I think I'll try this one myself - it sounds like a good creativity stimulator.

    My drawin' friends and I had an ongoing game where one person would draw some nonsense - a squiggle, shape, anything that wasn't a picture on purpose. The other person had to turn it into a picture usin' their crazy mad drawin' skills.

    It was no pressure, easy fun and sometimes hilarious. My kids always ask me to play it now, too. We have ten-year pads of paper with the weirdest doodles on them.

    RYC: We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We at the internet never sleep, so come on back whenever you're ready!

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  17. How meaningful and you must feel so satisfied to have accomplished such a huge job! Congratulations on all of your hard work!!!

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  18. Congratulations on completing the assignment.

    What fun your classes must be. I like the tasks you did with the kids.

    I like the cat illustration. :)

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  19. ohh nice! congratulations for yet another great accomplishment! indeed, everyday buds another learning experience..

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  20. Good on you for completing such a huge task. You deserve a REST. Take some time for Kate. :-)

    Love your kitty!

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  21. Hi Kate!
    Are you going to post a "Tales and Legends" illustration? I'll be watching to see.
    Your kitty here has a similar profile to the three bored cats I have wandering around my house.

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  22. Hi Kate!
    I love your post, and hearing all that you teach for your students! I wish I were one of them, I bet I could learn so many things from you. Way to go finishing all your work, a part of me wishes I had all those illustrations jobs. Maybe someday..

    Teresa
    xo

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  23. thanks for popping by Kathleen...I laughed when I did the research on the Legend of the Mermaid...those photos are scary...hehehehe

    Have a great night!!!

    I was craving some chicago style pizza and thought of you...lucky you having all that great shopping and food so close...

    Cheers,
    Diana

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  24. Nice illustration and fun to hear about your teaching! I've been thinking about leaning that direction.

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  25. Kate I love your cat illustration and your fun assingment for the kids. Well, I may have to borrow that for some of the kids I teach. I'm always looking for fun warm up assignments.

    Your so good, I'm sure those kids are having a ball in your class!!

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  26. Love the cat, our kitty Garfield looked a lot like that, he was a big boy:) Nice pot too, congrats on finishing the project!

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  27. Hey Kate! I wanted to let you know, I gave you the "You Make My Day" award. I love visiting your blog and your comments on mine always make me so happy.
    Thank you!!!

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  28. wow, that is a great idea for an assignment, Kate!! And so useful in real life -- I recently had a job which has the funniest specs -- sort of similar to your cool assignment for your students!! It sounds like a great way to jog creativity in general, but also jogs the mind for ideas on composition, and perspectives!! Very cool...

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  29. I have this same job as you, and Kateee.. I feel so booring sometimes.., after finishing this job, gotta take a little vacation to get my mood back.. :)) definitely!

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