Congratulations on making it through another school year! You've worked so hard this year planning curriculum, inspiring young artists, prepping supplies, preparing and hanging art shows, working on community art projects, and everything else that goes into all that we do as art educators. Now it's time to focus on you. Here are some ideas of ways you can begin the artist self rejuvenation process.
Reflect on the school year
Start a journal about your successes and ideas for change while the year is still fresh in your memory. That way you can set aside thoughts about school for a well deserved break but have those notes to read when you are ready to dive back into teaching in August.
Take a photo walk
Grab your camera or your cell phone and take a stroll somewhere new through your viewfinder. Zoom in and explore the familiar in a new way.
Go to a Museum or Explore a Virtual Museum Online
Look to those artists of the past and those creating in the present for some artistic inspiration.
Create Every Day
When you are ready start a routine of creating every day. It can be as simple as a thirty second doodle or choose a theme and use that as inspiration to art in any way you like on a regular basis.
Art with Others
Gather together your artist and artist art teacher friends and get together for a night or afternoon of creating at each other's house, a park, or another convenient location. It provides a support system for your creating and it's guaranteed you'll have a great time.
Choose An Art Medium And Start Playing
Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. Pick a medium and begin playing around to see what comes of it.
Make Time For Yourself
In the end it doesn't matter what you do as long as you make time for yourself. As you look at your summer calendar schedule in some time on a regular basis for to do anything you like to. Before we know it the summer will be coming to an end and we'll back to curriculum planning, prepping, and inspiring the amazing artists we get to work with throughout the week.