End of Week 2 QA Doha

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At the end of my second week at Qatar Academy, I am exhausted both mentally and physically but very happy.  This being the first year of arts integration for Qatar Academy my colleague, Laura, and I are working to educate both teachers and students to take charge of their arts education.  While this may be scary for some, others are jumping in with both feet.  Listening to the students and staff about their needs and how we, as educators, can release ourselves and students from the confines of scheduled time tables and creatively weave subjects in and out of each other requires a lot of time, practice and faith.  I am certain that things will fall in place as time goes on.  Other exciting developments within our program are the collaborative projects with MIA and Mathaf; both programmes focusing on increasing student opportunities to  participate in museum practice and arts production through real world applications.

End of the Year 2013/2014

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As the end of the year comes to a close and I’m packing up my classroom I look back on my seven years as the art teacher at Hanahan Middle School and smile.  I have met some wonderful friends and coworkers who I love dearly.  I have learned from my students and I appreciate all they have shared with me.  I love the teacher that I have become and as I set off on my new adventure in international education I feel prepared for the next step.  In the words of the late Maya Angelou,

“Do the best you can until you know better.

The when you know better, do better.”

Resin Pianting

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I’ve started my first resin painting. First I hollowed out the pages of an old book to create a frame. Next I collaged a background and then placed twigs on top of the collage before pouring the first layer of resin. Next I plan to paint leaf foliage and other details before pouring another layer of resin. Fingers crossed!