Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Elementary School Visit

So I did my Elementary School visit Friday, October 4th. I spoke a bit about the experience in class, but I'll recap here.

I went to Whiteside Elementary, and sat in on Dawn Green's three morning classes; Fifth and Second grade, and Kindergarten. I originally was going to just observe, not wanting to disturb her class or make her uncomfortable, but that's not how that ended up. By maybe fifteen minutes into the first class I was helping kids with how to draw bows and ribbon, luckily Dawn seemed to have no issue with it, maybe was a little thankful for the second set of hands, so I ran with it. I helped her distribute and collect supplies and artwork, and helped the kids if they had  any questions, or just wanted to show off their beautiful work. They were working on their Christmas Card projects and were working on the steps on being able to finish the cards, whether that was drawing, painting, or cutting out collage paper.

I really liked working with the kids, but kind of re-realized that Elementary is not what I need to teach, because as much as I love children, I don't love the way we teach children's art. The children are only given one, fifty minute class of art per week, that includes getting children to settle down, remind them of what they need to work on, and then distributing what they need, before they can even get to work! Not to mention that in one class a teacher kept pulling her students out to test for her! In my opinion that was ridiculous and rude; these children get one window per week to be in this class, and you think that your poor time-management should get in the way of being taught constructive creativity by someone who actually knows what they're doing? No, that's completely unacceptable.

Even if it weren't for all of that, I have an issue with the way they teach these children; they're told in an art class to replicate a project, to draw this bow, to paint this snowman, to collage this tree. I get why they use that approach to children's art, but asking children to suppress the creative urge and to seek approval from replication is something that just doesn't sit right with me.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Creative and Mental Growth

Understanding growth:

Creative minds of children,  identifies more items, and atmospheric information when they relate personally to what they're creating.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I Am From

I am from lakes and grasslands
small houses with broken glass,
rumbling trucks,
and ripped jeans

I am from dirt,
inside and out,
earth on my knees
and in my soul.

I am from books
with dragons
and a knight in shining armor.
I knew they were lies.

I am from words like
"Sailors don't cry,"
"Children are meant to be seen, not heard"
and "Good Christian girl"

I am from long afternoons alone,
no need to hide
no one is looking,
they never do.

I am from a proud father,
a working mother,
a broken brother,
and long lost sisters.

I am from hiding in bathtubs
and under blankets,
trying not to hear
things I shouldn't.

I am from family get-togethers,
holidays with cover-up,
purple skin,
and rare smiles.

I am from parents
with broken families,
left to wonder,
"do they know any different?"

I am from break ups
and back togethers.
From absent fathers
and knowing mothers.

I am from proud mother
leaving her husband
changing my "am"s
into "was"'

My Art Page


My name's Rebekah Holmes, I'm an art student at Texas Tech University. My hopes are to continue on in my personal art and to teach art one day, I have a page of my art coming soon, and maybe some more information about myself.
Thank you.