Chasing Pavements

Posted: October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/vinothchandar/4278047231/ by VinothChandar under Creative Commons

Connecting should be so easy, yet as I trawl the internet for inspiring blogs by Art teachers I hit a wall.

This strikes me as a little odd when there is so much in the way of online images and art to search through. DO art teachers blog? Are they so absorbed in their own art that they just don’t have time to share their wisdom and experiences, ideas and new findings? In this, my first week of blogging, I am searching to find my voice, and questioning whether I have anything of value, importance or even of interest to share with the world. So I continue that search online for a similar voice, a kindred spirit, one who understands the life of an art teacher.

A simple search – and my apologies to jutecht for not using a more advanced search technique as my desperation prevents me from thinking straight- pulls up multiple elementary art teachers, which is great if you are an elementary art teacher but not so if you are MS/High School like me. theteachingpalette offers links to the top 20 Teacher blogs with quality blogs such as http://thejosevilson.com/ but some of which the links no longer work and none, yes none, are art teachers. What is going on, just why are there not a plethora of teachers like me willing to front up, talk about, share and connect with other like-minded individuals? Is this lacking just simply a clue to how hard we work or are Art teachers not bloggers? I spend huge amounts of my time trawling the internet for valuable resources, new ideas and inspiration, so surely it is the number one location to share one’s own thoughts and to receive feedback and inspire conversation with others? In my search online I find multiple sites including http://theteachingpalette.com/category/blog/ This is a good resource, don’t get me wrong and there are some great articles throughout but it still needs a personal touch – the voice of the individual, someone to relate to.

http://artjunction.org/blog/ has much potential but has not been updated since April 2012. I love his sentiment and the focus on technology. In the same frame, I  hope this one continues http://artsintheschools.wordpress.com/ and http://www.incredibleart.org/links/blogs.html links us to many others of which i must find the time to dive into. A recent find is http://www.art2day.co.uk/index.html a fusion of artists and students – a really great idea full of inspiration and contemporary art.

Yet, I am still searching aimlessly for that kindred spirit.

Maybe I am looking at this from the wrong angle- what are art teacher looking online for – an image, ideas, lesson plans or like me: inspiration for a new direction and connection with others?

Twitter has been my lifeline and a continual source of inspiration and new ideas to me for the past year or so. Again, this pulls up a few art teachers across the globe but not the mass or that connection that I yearn for and the personal debate and discussion I need for personal growth. I just reconnected with an art teacher in the UK from my PGCE training all the way back in 1990 – it will be so nice to start that conversation again and to see how our teaching of art have evolved from our early naive days in Birmingham and connect our practices across the globe.

So with my own neck solidly on the block and my heart on the page I ask, nay plead to all you great and wonderful Art teachers out there to take the plunge – dive in and get blogging – we need you!

Website:http://www.nelsondewitt.com/

Reene’s Swan Dive by Nelson de Witt on Flickr Creative Commons

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  1. Nicki: Here are a places and people to try:
    @dsgran who write on the Carrot Revolution Blog
    and @kenfar who is active on the Asia Revolution Art Educators Ning.

    Happy hunting.

    • Thanks so much Jeff for even reading this! I have met Kendra at a conference a few years ago and do check into the ning occasionally. I had totally forgotten about David Gran I will make that connection and fingers crossed for some more!

  2. jabiz says:

    Hi Nicki,

    I see this as a perfect opportunity to exploit a niche. Become the ideal Art Teacher Blogger you want to find. Write and share and explore the ideas you wish others were doing. Once you start sharing and writing, you will be amazed by how many people will come out of the woodwork and come to you for advice or tips or just to gab and share.

    We can all wait to find people who are on our page, but it works better and faster to start writing first. I will keep my eyes open and try yo connect other art teachers to you, but in the meantime I hope that you will start sharing your world view, so that I can use to to share with my network as bait.

    Besides, I believe that we are all (or at least should be) art teachers, so just keep reading and connecting, you will be surprised by how much pedagogy is dripping with art these days,.

  3. So true – even your reply has lifted me! I have spent a lovely week in Hoi An planning in my head (and eating much delicious food) what things I wish to open the conversation about and I am raring to go! 3 blog posts down…..Thanks as always for the advice and encouragement : )

  4. I love the ideat that we are all (or at least should be) art teachers – how true. I don’t have an arts background but am currently teaching Early Childhood 3 and Grade 2 Visual Arts – would love to connect with other educators passionate about Arts education. I certainly don’t count myself as a wonderful Art teacher but would love to get blogging!

    • Thanks so much Mary and thanks for stopping by. I am new to blogging so I would love your input along the way – do you have a webpage or artwork online? Be great to have you on board! Let me know when you start!

  5. Elif Raskin says:

    Hi Nicki,
    Frank Curkovic, our head of Art Department in YIS is blogging. He is very inspiring… http://frankcurkovic.edublogs.org/
    Welcome to the blog world!
    Elif

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