Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Secondary Art Teacher

I walked into school today expecting the usual boring art class lesson plans of: "The kids should continue working on their projects, they know what they're doing."
Instead, when I walked into the office I was greeted by the principal with, "oh, Mr. C, what are you doing for the next two months?"

Long story short, I may have an unexpected long-term job coming up.  Right now I'm scheduled tomorrow (Friday) through all of next week.  Past that, things are still up in the air.
I spent some time tonight talking to an art teacher friend of mine, getting some advice and also reading up on state visual art content expectations.  I'm certified in social studies and English... I can't draw my way out of a paper bag.

With all that being said, the high school students just finished sculpting lawn gnomes out of clay.  They were sitting on a shelf in the room, and some of the kids did a really good job on them.  The gnomes still need to be fired and then painted.  I have no idea how to work a kiln.


  1. Kilns arent too hard. If it's anything like the old craptastic one we had in school, you just set the temp, make sure none of the gnomes are solid clay (they have to be hollow or they'll explode), and then bake them. It's a day long process, the kids wont be able to work on them for a day or two. Though I'm sure you've already gone to google and looked up "how to use a kiln"..

  2. I give you a ton of credit, sir. I did two long-term stints, and I had months to prepare and observe before I took over. I could not imagine just taking the reins on the spot, especially outside of my area. (I had to learn Photoshop and Microsoft Access for Digital Design and Business Computer Applications. I needed every second of that 6 weeks to be ready to teach it, and I was still flying by the seat of my pants 99% of the time.)