I find myself feeling behind, when it comes to creating…again. This school year I chose not to set a goal for creating (e.g. a specific amount of time to create). I knew it was just not going to happen, therefore, why set myself up for failure?
Instead, I am finding time to create in small places. Small projects that still allow me to create, but are not intimidating.
Each Christmas I am overwhelmed by the generosity and thoughtfulness from my students and their families. Their gifts make me feel appreciated, loved, and remembered as a Specials (art, music, PE, Spanish) teacher. I always write a thank you in hopes of conveying my appreciation, but this year I decided to make my thank yous! Here was a “small place” for me to create!
I also made monogram mugs for my teammates. Another small place. Sharpie marker on a plain, store-bought mug, baked in the oven – and ta-da! I really enjoyed designing and planning each monogram.
And this past summer, I made crayons for my classroom! This turned out to be a not-so-small place to create. It took me weeks, but I was able to work on them in short spurts. Last year, I had my students peel and sort every last crayon that was in the classroom. (This activity was surprisingly exciting for them. I had students asking for more crayons!) In muffin tins I melted down the old crayons in the oven at 250 degrees, let the pan cool, and then popped the entire pan in the freezer for a few minutes. Ta-da! Rainbow crayons that my students LOVE to use! We have been using them for texture rubbings. I found the crayons themselves to be rather beautiful. Looking at them again, they are similar to my watercolors…
So instead of being disappointed with myself for not “creating” a big project or building a body of work, I am looking for the small places.