I only have a little over a month off during the summer, which is way different from a lot of teachers...BUT I plan to make the most of that break with the following to dos! Some of the to-dos will help me prepare for the next school year, therefore ultimately allowing me to settle back and not think about instruction for a little while! This is almost an impossible task, so I plan on tackling the work related to dos first, and then settling into a productive but relaxing and adventure filled break!
1. Make demonstration videos and outline my entire 2011-2012 Curriculum. Order all supplies for Fall 2011 School Year. The Curriculum outline will be hard if our schedule is not set, but I plan on at least mapping out the year with hopes that instead of the block schedule we have now, that I will have all classes across the entire year instead of in blocks. Either way, I am going to plan out exactly what happens that allows my students to progress from one skill to another. I am also planning on creating a block of time during the year that is devoted to TAB. I have already outlined what this will look like, but I will spend a couple of days creating rubrics and finalizing how this system will work.
2. Drive cross-country. I have not yet decided how this will happen but I know that this summer is the summer! I have wanted to do this for a while, but never really felt I had the time...but why not? I will either fly over to California and make my way back, or drive over and then fly back...not sure! I know that the things I want to see are: Redwood Forest, Austin Texas, Yosemite National Park, New Mexico, some hot springs, and as much as it sounds crazy, I really want to see deserted flat lands of sprawl and take photographs. I am really excited for this, and excited to hash out the plans for this in the coming weeks! Is there something that you know I really have to see?
3. Get a community garden plot and grow grow grow! I have been dragging my feet on this thing for a bit now, and I really need to lock down my growing space within the week. Living in Providence had the added benefit of backyards, and sometimes decks, and so I was able before to make raised beds or do container gardening right on my own little rented space. This year being in NYC prevents the challenge of land...so I will be locking that down soon. I already started my seedlings, without a place to put them once they get big! How irresponsible!
4.Baby I like it raw! So, a few spring/summers ago when I was rounding out my graduate degree at RISD, I was doing raw every other week...and boy did I like how it made me feel! I mostly used recipes from Raw Food Real World, and would fill my belly with smoothies in the morning, huge salads from my garden in the afternoon and get adventurous with cashew cheeses and raw soups in the evening. Summer is a great time to embrace a raw diet because there are so many options for fresh produce, and you naturally crave things like raw fruits and veggies during hot months. I plan to do the week on, week off raw diet again this summer. Maybe this will be the year I finally spring for a dehydrator, who knows!
5. Visit with friends! Carr's pond, perhaps a kickball game, picnics, girl dates, bike rides, doggie play dates...I will use the time I have to make sure I get out in the sun, jumping off rocks into cool water with my buddies. Can't wait!
6. Focus. I am going to start meditating and make sure I set aside time for this. I am reading a lot about meditation and I think summer break is a great time to slow down and try it out.
7. Get buff! Ha, well not really...but kind of! Without a job to rush off to be at in the morning, there is no excuse to not do my pushups, yoga and cardio each day. (okay okay so maybe a day off here and there), but I plan to make a schedule and stick with it...because when I make myself sweat and I work out my body, I feel so much better!
8. Paint & start my illustrations I started the preliminary work for a new series, and also have started some brainstorming for a book I want to draw. I will make certain to keep a regimented time inside the studio, and I am sure that my trip across country will help inform my work as well. I already try to log at least an hour a day making art (you know, the kind that isn't a demonstration piece for a kindergarten art project)...so I will increase this and get myself focused and in my studio. I haven't yet set a plan for the amount of work I want to create, but I have started the sketching and thinking part of this new series and I am really excited to have the time to focus on my own pieces!
9. I know this is completely wishful and perhaps insane, but I really want to travel out of the country. Considering that I already went to France this year, I will have to stick with something like Canada, Mexico or St. John...but at least if I don't get that done during my break, I need to set a date and get going to one of these places. I could hit up Mexico during my cross country drive, and I have never been to Montreal so I really want to check that out! My sister and her husband have gone to St. John a few times, and I would love to get away and camp on the beach there....ahhh to dream! This is a WANT goal, and it would rule if I can accomplish it, but it may be trying to cram in too much.
10. Sorry parents! Get tattooed! It has been a long time since I have gotten any new pieces, and baring my skin makes me realize all of the empty space I could put beautiful new work on! I have been wanting a few particular pieces for a while now, and so I am going to commit myself to at least one of those...and my best friend Missy was just talking to me last night about what our matching tattoos should be. We have some pretty funny ideas already, and I don't want to give anything away here yet, but I can say, "I'm the Block Island ferry, coming to take you to Newport!" (this is an inside joke and don't worry if it makes no sense...it never has made any sense to anyone but us!)
11. Create! Time to keep that sewing machine warm with work and make some new pieces. I want to make some practical pieces, and I want to finish this crazy design I came up with that is completely impractical but hopefully so awesome that it just doesn't matter!
All of this hype is making me count down the days...36 more instructional days...Summer break is almost here! YES!