WARNING: Practice is being performed here.

Instead of starting small and drawing my hands and feet as I stated last week, I decided to make a rough draft sketch of a face. This isn’t anyone’s face in general, but it is a face. I was starting to work on my hand drawing, but then started to doodle a face on a second piece of paper and couldn’t stop. For my first sketch, I don’t think it turned out too bad, but there is definitely room for improvement.


One of the “Yes”moments was starting and feeling good about it. Then came the ” I don’t know” moment when I started on the nose and mouth. Finally the “I need a lot of practice” came after putting it all together and calling it “quits” for this drawing. I put quotes around the quits only because I could potentially come back to it and finish it or fix it. The practice portion came because of the proportions of everything put together. I forgot to take a step back and look at it in the middle of drawing it, rather than just looking at it put together at the end. Now, the “I don’t know”, the nose portion is smaller than the eyes and mouth. The nose is also a little crooked towards the right side. I have tried to fix it multiple times and failed to get it any straighter. Then came the mouth, I am still trying to learn how to place the mouth on the face without  looking fake. The “yes” moment is what is going to help me achieve better and not leave this skill at this.

This big picture in this is that, I do want it to look more realistic rather than something thrown together, as this one feels to me. (Even when I spent most of the day working on this.) I think to master this, is to break it down to individual features, as I stated before. Then putting it all together. This is going to seem weird for me at first and hard. This is because I like to try to master something right away with out thinking of the process that will have to come to get to master it. In the next couple of weeks I will have different sketches of the facial features. Then hopefully put it all together and have something that looks better than the picture above.


PLN of Education

Just learning what a PLN means this week shows how you can learn something new everyday. This is interesting in the fact that we don’t have to figure this all out by ourselves and that there are handy tools to help us in the future. The Personal Learning Network is different for people who go into different professions.

Being an art education major I thought that it could be difficult finding some things to connect to, but then soon realized that I had more. I have one network that will help me through my student years, called the National Art Education Association. I am part of this because of the thought to be art education club on my campus. With the lack of numbers it did not become a club, but being a member of the association has its benefits. Such as I get monthly magazines that have handy articles and resources for art teachers. This will help me as a future teacher to gain materials and keep. Now, instead of fumbling around as a new teacher right out of college. The Twitter part of the association has encouraging posts that tell the stories of why people wanted to become art teachers. Like this one from


<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>[VIDEO] Tell Your Art Story: Why did you become an art educator? Featuring Greg Petecki <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/artsed?src=hash”>#artsed</a&gt; <a href=”https://t.co/OeSgVDj2rW”>https://t.co/OeSgVDj2rW</a></p>&mdash; NAEA (@NAEA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NAEA/status/793060359456391168″>October 31, 2016</a></blockquote>


Though that was a good first step without knowing that was what I was doing,  I am not very good at replying or making myself known and commenting on information. This is something that I will have to grow into and learn how to be more bold and get out in my profession.

One thing that I read when researching what  a PLN is was that it is personal. It is about us and what we want to learn and go forward in. I see a challenge with seeing some actual content that I will be learning in some of my twitter followers. But as advised the more the better. Though having so much clutter kind of defeats the purpose of learning if that is all you actually see it as, clutter. To help with that though would be to share or just respond to the articles or posts that interest me or will help me learn. The blogging portion is fantastic! To read what others are going though and to see their struggles and how they have overcome is really inspiring to me.

Taking Learning in My Own Hands

After learning about hacking my own education and about passion based learning, I am glad to see that I get to do this in a way for my class. I can decide to do what I want  and how I want to learn. In high school there was a class like this one for an art class. Students could only be in this class if they have taken a couple of art classes before and have a plan for projects to do in that year.

For my independent learning project I plan on working on my drawing skills.  Though I can draw like this:photo-1

Photo by Courtney Lyon

I lack in drawing people, animals and certain objects. This will help me be more knowledgeable in the area, thus being helpful in teaching my students. I think I will be able to learn the technique better by myself rather than in class and being pressured into doing it. I plan to start with drawing hands and feet in detail to get my shading down then going to the face and facial features. With this I plan to add value and attempt to make it look realistic as I can. Then move into contour lines, outlines, of the body. Finally going into detail of the body and different positions of the body. Depending how long this will take then I will practice on drawing animals. This will be done in charcoal and graphite sketch or drawing paper.

Understanding that drawing people can be easy as looking at the different shapes to get the main shape of the object. The problem is to putting it to practice and doing it. Then perfecting it in making it proportionate and realistic. I am a perfectionist and hope this will turn out as planned in the next six weeks.

I will be posting my progress on my project in those six weeks. I see it going smoothly now and hope it stays that way. That is because time is a big thing and four hours kind of seems like a lot in a way. This is because of all of the other work from other classes. I am excited because this is something I want to do and achieve. Looking at it that way time shouldn’t matter.

What Do You Like To Do?

Do you like to learn while doing something you like to do? Isn’t it a lot easier to contain the information that way and teach others how to repeat the process. Reading through 25 Ways to Institute Passion-Based Learning in the classroom by Saga Briggs, gives detailed examples about how to go about this in the classroom. Then in My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning by Nigel Coutts, tells his story on how he struggled with passion- based learning and his successes.

I think the best thing about these articles are the examples and many things that I can take out of them as a future educator. In 25 Ways to Institute Passion- Based Learning in the Classroom one of the key points is the sharing of what they are passionate about and me as a teacher is passionate about as well to give examples. Then in My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning how students went above and beyond to create a “laser CNC engraving Machine from old printers.” This can be good for the students to learn something they want to learn. They can make or create something rather than work on a worksheet. They can better retain this information because it could be an all year experiment. One thing that could be bad about this is planning ahead. There are many ways to plan for the year and to have a goal and not have a goal.

This will affect my teaching, by understanding that it doesn’t have to be all planned. My future students can come up with their own project. Though, art is a giant project class anyway there is still room to come up with more. In response to that at the beginning of the year my students can come up with a project to do on their own. They can work on this project if they get done with a class project early or as homework. This is better than the students working on other homework or just reading in my classroom. I am not saying that reading in my class is a bad thing, but this will be on topic with my subject area. This could act as extra credit or just another project. The only challenge would be to figure out how much it would be worth.



What makes life worth while? Thinking of that question and wonder if my life is actually worth while. Though in all reality I know that it is, I may get to comfortable and stay in one place for a while, but I have a longing for adventure. There are many ways to successes in your life and one of them is knowing that success isn’t an ending process it is an ongoing one. This is because we try so hard to achieve one thing, but when it is done then what are you shooting for? What makes you happy? Your job, your family/ friends, faith, money. Think how much it would be a success to find something new that makes you happy?

In the TED talk above from Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile, talks about most of those questions from his life and from another person’s story.He talked about a lot of aspects in life, happiness, time and a lot of counting. This TED talk reminds me of a movie called The Pursuit of Happiness. It is about a father trying to do what’s right for his family and is struggling to be happy. The father, after his wife divorces him, goes out to find a good job and finds one as a stock broker.The TED talk reminds me of the movie because of the way he is trying to achieve success. When he achieves he knows he isn’t done and that was just the first step. He knew what really counted and meant to him, being his son and wanted the best for him. He does it with all that he has and even when he could have broke down he still tried harder and achieved. Here is a little clip from the movie,

One big thing that I think he talks about is not actually counting, because then we will be wondering worrying what does count.

I won’t lie my success would be found when I graduate, but that isn’t the end of it I still have a process of finding a job from my degree. Even after that I won’t be done finding success, because then I will have new students every year to try grow their learning and understanding of art. Success is not only in my career but in many other situations such as my faith and exercise goals. This gives my life meaning. This makes my life worthwhile, found in the stuff I like to do and want to achieve with others. What makes your life worthwhile?

Step by Step Education

Watching the Logan LaPlante’s Ted Talk was inspiring for how I feel about learning now and how I felt about learning back in my high school and Jr.high years. I had to really think what I wanted to be when I was older, when there are all these answers that are true, such as being  “happy and healthy.”

In a way I have walked in a different line of my education field that I am going through here at CSC. My major is Art Education, but I work on a farm and invest in my own cattle. When I tell people what I major in when I’m showing cattle in the summer they look at me and wonder how I can be majoring in a field so different than agriculture. Seeing the teenager do so much with different aspects in his learning to get to where he wants to be is admirable. To have done so much while learning, instead of just being in the classroom. Though, that kind of learning can still happen in the classroom. The student would have to ‘hackschool’ it and go out of just the classroom and go after what they find interesting. The great thing is, is that it doesn’t have to be one thing or subject, it can be many so they can learn what they want to do.

When I become a teacher I want my students to want to like art, and not dance around the subject and not think of drawing or painting again. I don’t want to assume that the students in the class will know everything, but I want to strive that they will understand some of the history, going out and explore different artwork and creating different things that sound interesting. I don’t want them to play it safe, instead to create something that they can’t put down. I want them to express themselves and what they like and what they want to do in life in their work.

Schools these day’s are being pushed towards the dislike of parents, because of the way subjects are taught and wanting more for their children. Though I understand parents are concerned, but the schools do offer what they can. Sometimes it could be the budget cuts or how much funding they get. That will affect how teachers can teach and makes it sound like it’s only for a living rather a life. The students may try to walk in a straight line, but the student should use their own creativity and not assume that the line is the only way to go. Like the pictures down below there are steps to the finished project but the student, including me, have to figure out how to get there, what it takes and how much effort and creativity it requires. They can take as small of steps or as big of steps as they choose, assuming that is want they want to be.

Photos by Courtney Lyon

Learning to Try

One moment in my life, I’m working to be in Jr. high then to High school and now college. In those many years I have learned a lot and learned how I particularly like to learn. Here are some of my experiences with learning from the last six years.

My favorite teacher in high school was my art teacher. I have learned a lot from him not only content, but how I want to teach when I become a teacher after I graduate. He taught art seriously with a lot of seriously funny voices or interpretations of other people. Meaning he would hold us accountable for our work and would want us to produce art work that could wow ourselves. He taught me how to make everyone want to create great work.photo-1

Photo by: Courtney Lyon

Then there were the other classes in high school that taught a different way, such as copying notes off of the board. These were my science classes. Though it may sound boring to just copy notes the whole class period, I thought it was interesting and that’s how I learned that material best. This also is happening in my art history classes in college. This does not only help me study having notes galore, but it is also helpful because of the examples that would be given.


Photo by: K Whitford

Here I am in college ready to learn about new things for my major, but during one of my classes my sophomore year I had a teacher that would not teach us much at all. The teacher would give us a reading, talk about something different in class and quiz us on something different. I don’t remember much about that class. This experience has shaped me to try to learn and form to what the teacher expects.


Photo by:Sabrina Schleifer

The classroom isn’t the only place I learn. I also learn at work in the summers on the farm. I live in a town and work on my friends farm that is 15 minutes out of town. I was introduced to working out there and showing cattle my sophomore year of high school. Starting out, I learned a lot in a little amount of time. Then learning a little bit more everyday. This learning formed through fixing and breaking things. Learning in a different environment about livestock, crop fields, pivots and machinery. I learned that I would have to have them show me how to do the task first before I would do it alone, or if they were telling me something to do I would have them repeat it for me so I would remember what it was and how to do it. Though I couldn’t have them do this all the time, when times got a little too crazy and we had to do things quickly, it was a new way of learning as well.


Photo by: Courtney Lyon

In a way of putting this altogether, my last experience that I still am learning  and teaching myself is that I still have to try. I am not saying I have to try everything in the world, I am simply saying that I have to try even when I think it is impossible. This goes in my work and in classes. At work if there is something to heavy and think right away that I cannot lift that and let someone else do it, when I should try instead of just giving it over. Then in class when there is a teacher that seams impossible and don’t try either on the homework or on the test, then it would be my fault for not trying and possibly failing the class.


Photo by: Steven Depolo

In the Know of Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy is a term that is in the know of what is going on online or just on your computer.Where you understand the terminology being used along with understanding the content of the programs. Such as I have never used Twitter before and I always joke around that my dad and uncle have a twitter and I do not. While I was joking I figured that they did not understand the program that well, but come to find out that they did and I am now learning all about it. I thought it would be easy because of all of the other different social media. It is not all about social media, that is just a form.

In the article, Making sense of the 8 Elements of Digital Literacy, it shows the eight C words that help with digital literacy and that could help with digital learning. They explain them to be; creative, confident, civil, critical, constructive and communicate. Another element of digital literacy would be to not use technology for one specific class, subject, project or out of school use. It is learning to combine and use technology for many different things. Such as this class I would not have guessed I would need a twitter account and tweet for a class. Then there is critical thinking and problem solving as explained in Learning and Innovation Skills. This helps the digital learning aspect even though there is critical thinking in creativity and being constructive.

Understanding that I should know and should understand and keep learning the art of digital literacy is important because of my profession and my use of technology in this day. I know how to use most of the programs on my computer and online. There are still things that I still don’t understand, such as making a website. Though I have done it once in high school with all of the coding materials. It was handy to know but I don’t use it anymore.I would like to learn more about digital literacy. I am in my own bubble when it comes to digital media and I don’t want to try anything new. I need to keep my nose in what is going on in the digital community to better become a digital learner. This could better me as a teacher and a person to communicate with others around me and my future students.