Thursday, 14 July 2011

progress report

This is my mama's wedding. It was lovely. Small, intimate and simple. These are the only decorations- the table centers that I made. It was a lovely wedding, the groom got so choked up that he couldn't speak! And even though my antidepressants were beginning to work and I was feeling better this started me off, mind you I was not alone!
I am so pleased that I have started taking the medication. I am in such a better space than I have been in years! It is like waking up from a very bad dream. But now I have discovered that my home has been a reflection of what has been happening internally. I have said before that I have been acting happy and confident especially with work. I knew that my work is important not just for me but for my family- my work pays for everything, mortgage, food, transport -everything. Then I feel that the kids I teach deserve the best I am capable of doing and I feel this responsibility and take it seriously, hence every ounce of energy I had went into maintaining that and as a result my home life and home business things fell by the wayside. So I've woken up to a huge mess.
To make matters worse this last term has been outrageously busy. I did the lecturing for the Uni students. Somehow I thought they would be more scary and demanding. I was worried because I'd never done this before and as it was a totally new course for the uni there was nothing for me to go by so I had to come up with it all myself (while still doing my ordinary teaching job) I had a lot of very positive feedback from it all and I am sure they will ask me to do it again. 
The uni students ran workshops with all the kids at school over two days and set up a display of this work to show alongside the art exhibition I had been working towards during the first semester. It was a heap of work but I was proud of the results. Here's some of them.
Hundertwasser Houses yr 4

Klimt inspired portraits yr 5

Matisse inspired collages yr 5/6

Paint chip collages yr 1 (thanks for the great idea Anki and kids!)

"Warm and cool"  landscapes yr 4

This is a bit blurry but I loved these I got the kids to  imagine they could go into an art work of a famous artist (Gauguin, Rousseau and Frida Kahlo) They then drew themselves inside that art work and painted them- it really had these yr 2's hooked! Love it when that happens!

All the kids from kindy to year 7 had a piece of work framed and on display. 
That's 398 pieces of kids work.
We also had artworks by local artists, me included!

At the same time as all of this I had to shift art rooms, we barely got into the new room in time for the exhibition! And for about a week I taught with no power and limited furniture. And it was report time at the same time! (Anyone who teaches knows how much I enjoy doing those.) I worked every night until 2am with only short breaks to cook dinner, then up bright and early to go to school and teach. I worked for three weekends in a row. (And only had one migraine!)
As a result my already messy house got messier! So now that it is holidays I am taking one small job at a time still giving myself some time to sit and crochet or browse the net or read. I'm not going to try to get it all done at once. Yesterday I cleared some space in front of my wardrobe and threw away 2 large boxes of handbags and clothes. The day before I cleared one bench in my kitchen. Today I did some businessy type stuff and folded some washing, which I can now put away inside the wardrobe because there is space. It will take a bit of time but I am getting there. Hopefully it won't be too long before I can start to take some photo's of around my house again.
Oh and I forgot to say I sold 6 pieces of art works at the school art exhibition and got a commission for some more crocheted pears!

I made enough money to buy three pieces of art that I liked and still have a bit left over to treat myself to a massage this holiday!


2paw said...

The wedding , and the flowers, looks lovely and I am glad you were able to enjoy it.
You must be feeling as if the veil has been lifted and you can see Life clearly again. I am glad you are using your holidays so wisely if all you did was more work thee would be no rest or happiness!! Gorgeous art work, and yours are so beautiful!!

Rachel Power said...

That work is so impressive!! And I'm so pleased to see that Hundertwasser is being used in the classroom. He is the perfect artist to inspire children, I reckon, and there are some great Hundertwasser for kids books available. Definitely one of the world's most underrated artists in my opinion.

one little acorn said...

It's been so long since I have been to visit - and boy, you have been busy. The wedding centrepiece and all your students work are wonderful, but I especially like your crocheted pears. So delicate and beautiful.
Glad to hear things are settling down and you are feeling better.
Will try and drop by more often again, though seem to be struggling with my blogging mojo.
Best wishes to you.

Jaime Leigh said...

I LOVE the pears!!! Those are really amazing. I have never seen anything like crocheted pears before!!!

Ravi Verma said...

Excellent post !