my little monsters

It’s probably about time I write about my class.

I feel like a few things need to be known before reading on…

1.  In high school I considered perhaps being a teacher… teaching either English (not ESL) or Chemistry or Algebra.  After my first year of college working for the Chemistry Professor and going to classroom observations, I decided that teaching could never be a profession of mine.

2.  When Jesus and I began our journey together He sparked my love of the Arts.  I then decided to completely disregard any idea of teaching and pursue the attractive life of a starving artist.  I loved Art School and still miss the days of ‘free’ studio space.

3.  Many [let me stress, many] people encouraged me to get my Teaching Certificate along side my Art Degree.  I scoffed at that idea and swore, saying, “I am not a teacher, nor will I ever teach art.”

I graduated May of 2009.

Since then my life has been full of random activities.  Working at Crane Coffee where I was able to display and sell my paintings seemed to be profession enough for me.  I enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of my life; let the wind take me away.

Commitments to most anything (including but not limited to: cell phone plans, car payments and insurance plans…) scared the bejeezus out of me.  And then I moved to Thailand.

Most everything in my life has changed.  And sometimes I laugh at how well I think I know myself.

My days spent teaching first grade ESL at the School of Promise are some of my happiest days.  I love being a teacher.

So here they are, finally–my little monsters, showing off the monsters they made in the art class that I teach.

(We had a vote for ‘scariest’, ‘ugliest’, ‘cutest’ and ‘funniest’–I will make note of the winners.)

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This is First. First made a monster named ‘Jenny’ and the other monster has yet to be named. (I’m unsure which one is Jenny.)

Natalie made "Banana".  Banana was definitely one of my favorites from the day and was voted "Cutest" Monster.  (Though...I was thinking more along the lines of Scariest myself.)

Natalie made “Banana”. Banana was definitely one of my favorites from the day and was voted “Cutest” Monster. (Though…I was thinking more along the lines of Scariest myself.)

Folk made the masked monster named, "Buun".  Buun is legitimately wearing a mask and has a sweet little blue heart next to his head.  Folk was in tears for not being rewarded anything.

Folk made the masked monster named, “Buun”. Buun is legitimately wearing a mask and has a sweet little blue heart next to his head. Folk was in tears for not being rewarded anything.

 

This is Garfield with "Banana", Banana and his six arms won the "Scariest" Monster.

This is Garfield with “Banana”, Banana and his six arms won the “Scariest” Monster.

This is Bootay with "Goldfish".

This is Bootay with “Goldfish”.

 

Boon, one of my [I'm not supposed to have] favorite students made, "Bu".

Boon, one of my [I’m not supposed to have] favorite students made, “Bu”.

Ananda, another one of those [I don't have] favorite students made "Green", who was my vote for the "Cutest" Monster.

Ananda, another one of those [I don’t have] favorite students made “Green”, who was my vote for the “Cutest” Monster..but did not actually win a thing.

Pear made three monsters, "Skull Bite", "Jack" and "Cat". Again, to my surprise, Skull Bite was not awarded any titles.

Pear made three monsters, “Skull Bite”, “Jack” and “Cat”. Again, to my surprise, Skull Bite was not awarded any titles.

This is Base with his monster "Apple".  Apple was voted 'Funniest' Monster.

This is Base with his monster “Apple”. Apple was voted ‘Funniest’ Monster.

Sansern made "Orange" and Orange (who does in fact have arms) won the title of "Ugliest" Monster--though of course, Sansern was disappointed with this as ugly wasn't what he was going for at all.  :)

Sansern made “Orange” and Orange (who does in fact have arms) won the title of “Ugliest” Monster–though of course, Sansern was disappointed with this as ugly wasn’t what he was going for at all..

So there they are.

The darling faces that have given me no choice but to fall in love with them and to want to commit to teaching at the School of Promise until all of them are done with elementary school…

And now,

More pictures.

Just for fun.

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You better believe that I do the project right along with the kids. Here’s my monster. (Compare him to Ananda’s “Green”…I had a good laugh.)

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Art class mostly happens on the floor. I don’t make it a requirement, but it just seems to happen each class.

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So there you have it.

I have a classroom…and teach students; and we do art.

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7 responses to “my little monsters

  1. mom

    You were meant to be a teacher…. I love it.
    I love that you love the Kids…
    How much fun it must be to have all these kids working on art with you.
    I can’t wait to meet them.

  2. Ash

    You are one amazing lady smr! It blesses me so much To see god revealing himself to you more and more as well as opening your eyes to who he has created you to be! I’m do excited for your teaching and wish I had extra money to just come out and see you an your life there! Love you so much!

    Ash

  3. Paul

    Actually, the heart next to Folk’s monster is yellow, with a blue background. I am surprised that “Banana” and “Orange” were chosen as names for monsters.

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