School started back yesterday! I always kind of dread going back but once I get here I realize why I love my job! We started a new semester yesterday so I got a new group of 5th graders, a new group of 8th graders and my semester long Survey of Art class (High School) switched out too.
Currently my art room is a small old house. I get the whole house to myself which is neat but there are some problems with the building. This house is probably close to 75 years old! There is little to no insulation and there are actually cracks where the walls meet the floor where you can see outside! So when it was only 16 degrees yesterday we never could seem to get warm! The house has it’s charm too. I get the whole thing to myself which is nice and peaceful. We can be wild and crazy here in the art room and not bother anyone. I have a big porch which is great for when we do tie-dye cause I can string a big clothesline across the porch to dry our goods. Yet on the flip side there isn’t any good storage. We have only one small sink in the room which was the kitchen. The room is L shaped which creates blind spots. Of course the naughty kids always try to sit in that back area! Still I have truly enjoyed being in this room!
About a year and a half ago the superintendent of our school informed me that we would be getting a new building on campus and I would get a brand new art facility! At first I had mixed feelings about the project. I would have to give up my space that we all affectionately refer to as “The House of Art”. Despite it’s drawbacks, it really does have a special charm.
Construction on the new facility began on the last day of the 2006/2007 school year. The summer was spent preparing the site which involved removing an old house and the current playground. The pipework and foundation were also layed. As the new school year began we saw the walls and roof come up. The exterior brick work was put in place and by Christmas Sheetrock and other internal work had begun. Yesterday the water department connected the new building to the town waterlines and as we speak Entergy is putting new light polls in place and preparing the building to receive it’s own electricity! As this work is being completed I am starting to feel the stir of excitement. The quirky nuances of the “House of Art” are starting to become annoying nuisances and I am itching for the new building to be done!
The new Fine Arts Facility now has water and electric but there is still quite a bit of interior work to be done! The finish of the project is slated for mid March! We should be moving in before the end of the school year! So much of my time over the next few weeks will be spent purging my room of stuff that is no longer usable so that I don’t have to move it to the new building!
I believe that change is always met with a bit of hesitation but once we learn to embrace it we can discover joy and happiness in the newness that life and living has brought us. So it is nearing the end of an era and the “House of Art” will soon cease to exist. So to honor it’s memory here are a few shots of my space.