1 Grant. 3 Countries. 35 Canvases. 2 Sketchbooks. 48 days.
In January 2016 I was accepted into the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program. Each year the Lilly Endowment Inc. selects 100 teachers to receive a generous grant that enables teachers to pursue, explore, and renew their creative passions.
This past June I set out on an artistic adventure. My journey began in The Netherlands, where I studied the work of Francis Schaeffer (theologian) and Hans Rookmaaker (art historian) at a learning center called L'Abri. From there I followed the footsteps of theologian turned artists, Vincent van Gogh. My pilgrimage took me took me from the flat Dutch countryside, to the steep mountains of Switzerland, and finally in a wide loop around the country of France.
Throughout the trip I lugged a 50 lb case filled with paints, canvases, easel, and numerous other supplies. As I followed the path Vincent van Gogh took, I painted and sketched at the exact locations of some of his masterpieces. I filled two journals and two sketchbooks with research, memories, sketches, and watercolors. I met many wonderful people along the way. And, I spent countless hours at museums up close and personal to my favorite masterpieces!
I returned rejuvenated and ready for my sixth year teaching at North Elementary. I am excited to share my new knowledge of van Gogh with my second grade KID Artists. I ESPECIALLY can't wait to talk about my painting adventures! After experiencing the hot sun and strong gusts of wind in the south of France, I TOTALLY know why van Gogh began using such bold, thick, and windy brushstrokes!
As the year continues, I plan to continue the journey that began in June. Along with growing the art program at North in new and exciting ways, I hope to continue growth as an artist. In the past I've entered my paintings into shows and competitions. I've sold my work at art festivals and local coffee shops (like the Beehive!). This year, I plan to pull back from the selling & showing side of things to simply paint, paint, paint!
Just like the KID Artists that I teach, I need to practice, research, and practice some more to master my work. I look forward to regular time in my studio and continued study in the area of my research. What a great year!
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." --Vincent van Gogh
Check out the masterpieces of kindergarten, first, second grade KID Artists in training!
About the Artists:
There are 570 budding K-2 kid-artists in training at North Elementary!
Miss Pourcho and these kid-artists love being inspired by Master Artists and ARTifacts from around the World!
It's an adventure each week as we
LOOK at Art,
TALK about Art, and MAKE Art!