Friday Two Cents: Inspiring Tattoo


 

For the past few weeks I worked on something for a friend that truly inspired me. She asked me to create a tattoo for her. I created a few other tattoos but mostly they where for family or family friends. This person is a colleague and some one whom I respect and consider a friend. To be honest I was honoured to be asked to create a tattoo for her.

She wanted a tattoo of her Chinese zodiac animal, a tiger. She told me in what direction she wanted to go and after a few days I came up with a couple of ideas. She liked the stance I drew of the tiger crawling up her arm. I then thought of the lines and claws as strokes from a calligraphy pen. The thin ends and thick middles came out as a unique and stunning design. She liked the design and we continued developing the tiger to her liking.
The funny thing is that she kept asking for some changes and I got the impression that she felt bad about asking for the changes. I told her that it was ok; that this was her tattoo, that it was very personal for her and that I understand. I truly understood this because I too have a tattoo that I designed that is very personal to me. You see for me, I am creating something was very close to that person’s heart and the more she liked what I did to improve the tattoo to her liking, the more I felt proud and excited. Not just for her but for myself. Here is someone who is overjoyed with a piece of art that I created for them. What better honour I could receive then the joy I see in her face every time she viewed the image of the tiger.
She took the tiger and she got a tattoo artist to draw it on her. He liked it too and once it was done she sent me a picture of the tattoo. To say that I was overjoyed would be understating what I felt. For when I saw the tiger I drew on her and her extreme joy with it, the only word that comes to mind is inspiring.

 

 

Tiger Tattoo

 

Inspirational Moment

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Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Elelctra


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

Villain 08 – Elelctra

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student knew that she wanted to create something very unique. She wanted to make a character with wings but different then what we did in the class and from what the other students did.   I asked her, “What other wings could you use to fly?” and I had her look through my character guide of the Marvel universe characters.

She finally decided on bat like wings, something along the lines of a vampire. I showed her a few examples and she them came up with the style she liked. In the end her character looked very much like a winged vampire, with bat wings and dark hair.

I decided to draw the character in an action stance such as leaping up to take flight. I wanted to show her wings in that type of pose. I also wanted to show the long black hair she had drawn. The dress was simply modeled after the dress she had drawn.

The student handed in the character about a week early; therefore I had time to draw my version in my sketchbook while the class was still underway. During the next class she asked to see something in my book and she saw the character.   She asked me if this was her character but she had a smile from ear to ear when she did. When I said yes, I did not know how but the smile grew larger. She loved it and wanted it right away. I said I would give her a copy when everyone handed in their character, then I would give everyone their character and a group image at the same time. She kept asking for the copy every class after that to show everyone her character to the other students. You could see the pride in her eyes every time show showed it to her friends. I hope you too enjoy the eighth character from Heroes VS. Villains – Elelctra.

 

Friday Two Cents: New Rules, Positive Behaviour And Discipline


This past week has been a bit trying to say the least. The students in the class are all great yet the dynamic in the room between the students has been a bit … unkind to one another. One of them even told me that they were not being good friends to one another. These are kindergarten students so the social behaviour is something that needs to be taught and encouraged in great deal at school.

With this information the teacher and I embarked on a new inquiry, ‘Being a good friend to each other.’ I was asked to try to develop a few lessons to help the students be kinder to one another. The first thing I thought of was to create a chart of positive behaviour we need to work on. I read the book “What does it mean to be kind?” and the class and I created a chart together. We called it Manners and we came up with a few ideas. The first was saying please, thank you, you’re welcome and I’m sorry as the number one class rule. We also came up with listening to each other, helping others, being patient, sharing and treating others the way you want to be treated.   Not a bad start for kindergarten students.
The next day I reminded the students about these rules by pointing out examples from their own actions when they were and weren’t following the rules they helped to come up with.   Yet I also brought in a couple if things to help solidify these rules. One was a book called “How full is your bucket?” and the other was my Mufasa and Simba puppets.
My Mufasa and Simba puppets helps the students see that the adult lion Mufasa has rules that Simba may not like but they are there to keep him safe. These rules are not there because he wants to be mean to Simba or that he does not like him but because he cares very much for Simba. The moral is that adults have rules for kids because they care about them and they want them to be safe. As well, if Mufasa is upset with Simba for breaking a rule he is not angry with him all the time, he still cares for him. The same is true with adults like their mothers, fathers and teachers.
The book “How full is your bucket?” encourages positive behaviour by using the idea of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to be kind, appreciative, and caring by “filling buckets.” This is not a new concept for the students but perhaps some reminding will help them. I reintroduced the bucket idea on Thursday and all day Friday they kept talking about filling each other’s buckets.
It feels good to see that they are embracing this idea and the other concepts I have been trying to instil in the students. Yet the one thing I have been doing as well is being very firm when it comes to room discipline. I allow the students free expression yet the rules, manners and the bucket ideas are being strictly reinforced by the teacher and myself. I thought that they may have a problem with the extra discipline I am introducing but it appears that the students are welcoming it. I have noticed a bit more smiles on the students and a feeling of calmness in the room when it comes to the students’ personality dynamics. I guess the drill sergeant in me has a place within a classroom even when I am only there for a short stay. Only time will tell if these initiatives will hold up for the rest of my stay.  

Comic Strips: Just A Bit … Eccentric


This month’s newsletter has been sent out and with it the latest installment of The Craziest Things.

If you live in the Ontario, Québec or the east coast if Canada you just had a record amount of rainfall this past couple of weeks. Here in Toronto we had a month’s amount of rain in the city fall in just 3 days. Many of the rivers and local streams are all running high and even the lake levels are the highest they have been. With all this I was inspired to create a comic with a little funny joke. The funny thing is that the student acting a bit … eccentric, I can see them actually doing this.

I hope you enjoy the latest installment of, The Craziest Things; Just A Bit … Eccentric.

Friday Two Cents: Joie De Vivre Within The Daily Grind


Joie De Vivre – the joy of living, enjoyment of life, a French phrase meaning joy of living, used to mean enjoyment or love of life.

Joie De Vivre, I have been exploring this phrase/way of living for some time now. I have found that trying to live my life in this way has its advantages. I have found that many things do not bother me as they once did. Yet this feeling has been stirring in me for quit some time.
Many years ago, when I was working as an early childhood educator (ECE), I also worked part-time as a graphic designer/print specialist. I worked on creating ads, print materials and other advertising related tasks at an ad agency. I found the work enjoyable but a bit unfulfilling. Many people there found me a bit too liberal-minded and my art/designs reflected that thinking. In the end I decided to leave and put all my efforts in becoming a teacher. I wanted to help others explore their individual wants and desires through their own creative expression. Either through writing, math, sports, art or something else that makes them happy. The rest, as they say is history.
This week I was working in a class and even though I have been trying to maintain a sense of order and discipline within the class, I have seen many examples of the students exploring the world through their own creative expression. Watching them explore and discover just enhanced my own idea of ‘Joie De Vivre’. Even in my daily grind, I am able to enjoy life, either through the smile of a child or in a conversation with a fellow teacher.
My interaction with the students are usually very enjoyable, yet I found talking or more often than not, listening to my fellow teachers about their lives, truly filled my life with joy. Not because they have problems but because I was able to connect with them on a human level. Talking to them face to face, instead of through some form of social media about their work with the students, interactions with the parents or just on life. Connecting to people is a part of my ‘Joie De Vivre’. Unlike working at a desk and creating things, I am able to interact with people.

In the end, these interactions are the most inspiring part of my life.  

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Energy Charg


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

Villain 07 – Energy Charg

 

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student knew what he wanted and he wanted to create something very distinctive. He researched and asked questions about which abilities he wanted for the character. What he came up with was one of the most unique characters I have ever seen.
He began with the abilities of energy absorption and force field generation. From there he decided on 4 arms instead of the usual two. One eye, what looks like scales and two-fingered claws for hands. When I saw this character I was immediately impressed and asked the student about his creation. He wanted to create a bad guy monster that would absorb energy power to generate force fields. Hmm, well thought out, I told him.
When I drew his character I immediately thought of the Hulk. I decided on a large bulky character but I gave him three fingers per hand, which the student said was all right instead of the two he had drawn. I also gave him green scaly skin with pointed ears and his signature one eye. I drew him in a stance to show that he was able to create force fields. His left upper arm is generating a force field.
The student kept asking me for his character every day and when I finally showed him it he had a smile from ear to ear. I think he also liked the fact that the other students in the class also liked his character. You could see a hint of pride in his eye when he showed it to his friends. I hope you too enjoy the seventh character from Heroes VS. Villains – Energy Charg.

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