March is Youth Arts Month and my wonderful students inspire me with their enthusiasm, curiosity,  and creativity!  In this blog, I wish to celebrate their art explorations, creative thinking and problem solving skills,  and accomplishments.

I have some tech wizardry I need to master so I can share some photos of student work and students in action.  First I have to learn how to download photos from my cell phone, and then I need to get up to speed with the new digital camera I got for Christmas. Now that I’ve explained this….you can hold me accountable, because I just can’t procrastinate any longer!  I’ve been wanting to start this blog for months, but I kept making the excuse that I didn’t have time to deal with my digital photo challenges. Well…wanting to show how vital art education is to students (and people of all ages) has motivated me to get off my duff and put my money where my mouth is!

Today I was so fortunate to see and meet Jesse Joshua Watson author and illustrator of Hope for Haiti while he was making presentations at  my son Byron’s elementary school.  His desire to help Haiti’s children and share their optimistic hopes for the future is   beautifully  communicated through the medium of art.  I am looking forward to sharing his book with my students, and his great suggestions for creating exciting  illustrations!

I am determined my next post will be illustrated with photos!  Until then….do your part for art!



About francifularts

I am an independent art educator. I had my first experience teaching ceramics when I was 24 and worked in the University for Youth program at the University of Denver. As an elementary school teacher I always found myself integrating the arts across the curriculum, which led to me working as an artist in the schools. In May of 2008 I began a master's program with Lesley University in their Creative Arts in Learning Program. It was a truly transformative and incredible experience which led me to decide to devote the rest of my teaching career to teaching art, and through the arts. About the same time that I completed my master's degree in January of 2011 I was hired to teach art in two different programs. I have never been happier in my work as a teacher, and I really appreciate the wonderful professors and cohort of fellow teachers I studied with at Lesley University. I also want to thank all of the wonderful arts educators that I have met online through the TAB/choice list serv for their thoughtful posts and insightful suggestions for teaching art!
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