It’s the first week of school for most districts in the area. For me, this time of year brings that same sense of renewal and new beginnings, hopefulness and promise as New Year’s Eve. Once a teacher, always a teacher so I still function best with a July to June academic calendar verses the tradition January to December version and I have an obsession with wanting new pens. I am organized and ready for a new year at Fabulon!
This time of year also comes with some reflection on the previous year. So much has happened this year that it would take forever to recount all of the fabulous events, joys, and phenomenal people that have entered my life. If you are new to Fabulon, you can catch up with our previous newsletters under our blog heading on the website.
Let me focus briefly on just this summer. In the span of a few weeks I worked with middle school, elementary, and high school, painted with preschoolers, the elderly, and a student who is deaf. But the most profound experience was trying to help my mother learn to use the shower in her new room at the memory care facility. This single moment in our relationship underscores what it means to be a teacher.
The lesson that stays with me the most from all of the pedagogy and inspirational lessons from my entire teacher training is that teachers are not supposed to teach reading, writing, arithmetic or even art. Teachers teach people.
Remember to be kind to yourself as you try something new. You aren’t merely learning a different skill or perfecting a hobby, you are developing your self as a person. That is pretty precious. May all of my students find teachers who get this idea. May all my teachers remember this. May all parents expect this.
May this year be a joyous new year for everyone.
Painting of the Week
Homage to Rothko I by Michael Clifford Hayes
New classes are starting September first. See details on the website.
We had such a blast with our Art Night Out that we decided to continue it every third Thursday starting in September. Each week features a different project, no registration or experiences, $20 fee includes all materials and a fun night of art making.
Coming soon: Michael Hayes solo show "Finding the Form", September 23rd
This piece by Jirah Perkins will be available in our Souvenirs of Summer Show.
Come celebrate the last vestiges of summer with our new year celebration! Souvenirs of Summer II August 26, 5-8pm.
Awesome new art, collectors wall of $50 paintings, refreshments, live music, meet the artists, and art activities.