1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
This year, I led students in setting goals and thinking about what they want to accomplish this year. I asked students to focus on ONE word and create a personal symbol to represent that word.
My word was inspiration.
I created a symbol that shows a lightbulb with a heart inside and light radiating from it.
I want to gain ideas from the things I love and care about, using them to inspire me personally in my career, in my art, with my family...
And on the first day of school, I was inspired by meeting my students. It wasn't until they entered my room that I got really excited about what this year would bring.
Here's to a new year of inspiration and inspired work!
Tidbits about me...
I love art. Art has been a huge passion in my life since birth. My mother was an artist, and gave private lessons in our home while otherwise being a stay at home mother. She had us learning art from the beginning. Art continued being a passion through school age, into the college years, where I met my husband who was also an Art major. We now reside in Troy, where my husband runs his art studio, creating giant oil paintings of cars as an Automotive Artist. I also work in the studio, creating my own mixed medium work, combining chalk pastels, charcoal, and paper into illustrative works. This past summer, I started reaching for an additional goal of mine: to write and illustrate a children's book using my own developed style. The story board is fairly complete. Now its on to illustration! Our 3 little girls are there at home with us, and can be often found working in the studio as well. Art is a family affair for me, and one I hope to teach my students to incorporate into many facets of their lives.
Besides teaching and spending time with my little family, I love to read, excercise, get outdoors, and enjoy coffee and conversations. Art opens up so many opportunities for conversation with my students. I'm often amazed at their insight and understanding of sometimes difficult topics, and yet they haven't lost their desire for fun and creativity. Its a great age for discovery and learning!