Sunday, 31 July 2016

"make something of all the noise"

"make something of all the noise"

Balance. Noun. 'A situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions'. Easier said than done.

And that is what I've been trying to continue to do this week - find a balance between my work commitments and 'real' life (for want of a better word).  Even though it's currently the summer holidays and I'm not teaching day to day, I'm still acutely aware of the vast amount of planning and preparation that needs to be done before the start of the new school year.  Six years in, it doesn't get any easier or finished any quicker.  Also, starting my MA in September means it's more important than ever to ensure that everything that can be done, is done.

So, having finished my other project, I made lists and went into school to get in the right mind set and quietly plan, without the distractions of home and my own work to battle against.

Now I've finished writing the assignment briefs for the Y12 and Y13 BTEC Art and Design (Fashion and Clothing) courses, I'm focussing on creating resources and exemplar work for each lesson and workshop I'll be delivering.

I've never kept a diary, instead preferring to keep a journal where I keep cuttings of anything that has caught my attention and jot down notes, ideas, sketches, thoughts, memories etc. Alongside this I also keep a work journal where I collect relevant articles of interest that I know will come in handy when developing teaching materials.

I feel it's important for my students (the Post 16 ones in particular) to see that I'm not 'just' their teacher, but also a practitioner who follows the creative process in 'real life', and so I use my own journals and sketchbooks as a starting point when developing my resources.

Work and life informing and complimenting each other. Balance.

"you'd be a work of art"
I could easily sit all day and night in my studio at home reading and/or working, so this weekend I made sure I got out of the house and went to visit my friend Luce in Leeds.  A brand new train station has just opened up near to where she lives, so we walked down for a look and decided to catch the train up to Ilkley for lunch.

I was very impressed with the beautiful branding at Kirkstall Forge.

And bought a couple of books from the charity shops in Ilkley, so my summer reading list is now sorted. 

Some for work. Some for life. Or maybe for both? Balance.
- x ~

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