NeFAEA hosts Holiday Art Dinner at European Street Cafe tomorrow, December 11th

Members, friends, and supporters of the Northeast Florida Art Education Association (formerly Duval Art Teachers Association) are invited to a special Holiday Dinner at the European Street Cafe. Your ticket purchase will provide you with any dinner selection from the menu, cookies, a drink ticket (good for a 22 oz. draft beer or glass of house wine), and tip for wait staff. A portion of the proceeds will help provide scholarships for students and grants for teachers. Raffle tickets will be sold and auction items will be available for bidding. Don’t miss this terrific event! Register online in advance for a chance to win a $50 gift card or a one-night stay and valet parking at the luxurious Omni Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville! Prizes will also be awarded for the most festive attire. Additional drinks may be purchased by each individual at the happy hour price.

It’s not too late to get your tickets! Click Here to get your tickets now! 


Beginning to Paint…

After a summer of organizing, cleaning, throwing out, and painting the walls, my home art studio/office is finished. Now that all the clutter is out of the way it is time to start painting. 

With the stress and demand of a new job, last year didn’t allow me to produce much art. This year is going to be different. I find that it is extremely important to keep you identity despite job and family demands. Part of my identity is being an artist. There was a time when I wouldn’t leave the house without my sketchbook. Every day I would doodle or draw something. It kept my creative juices flowing. It’t time to return to what made me who I am today. 

As I begin to paint again, I hope to share my works on this blog. Some may be good others not so good. For me happiness is the process of painting, not always the end result. 



Motivation to Paint

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have not created any Art since June. I started a new career path in July as an Assistant Principal in a local elementary school. I told myself that when I took this new job I would not lose track of who I really am, an artist and an art teacher.

I have been busy staying involved as an Arts advocate. I have continued to fulfill my duties as President of the Duval Art Teachers Association and attended the Florida Education Association Conference in October. I am remaining an advocate for the Arts regardless of my job title. I think as an administrator it is even more important for me to advocate for the arts. I am proud to say that I am on the Community Advisory Team for the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program here in Jacksonville.

The problem is that I have been neglecting myself. I didn’t realize how much until this week. Earlier this week I received a phone call from a friend I haven’t spoken to in a long time. During out conversation he said, “Dude you really need to start painting, you’re too talented not to.” Although I sometimes question my talent level, I do agree that I need to paint. Then today, while walking around CORK with my family, one of the artists gave me a little pep talk. He basically said, “Stuff will always get in the way of painting.” I know exactly what he was saying. I can always find a reason not to paint. I need to just need to make time.

After getting home today I felt motivated. I started painting on a canvas that I originally started for my son, Jarrod, nearly a year ago. He is an Owl lover. I worked on the painting for nearly two hours until my fatherly duties called me away. I’m glad I did. I know it is early for resolutions, but here are mine.

Draw every day- Yes I know this seems easy, but not necessarily when drawing at work can be frowned upon.
Paint every weekend- I will paint at least two hours every weekend.

So I’m curious… how do you make time to be an artist when you are busy with family and work? Please feel free to share.

Beginning stages of an Owl Painting for my son Jarrod

Beginning stages of an Owl Painting for my son Jarrod

Only the Brave Should Teach

I have found this great poem today… I think it applies to my philosopy as a teacher.

Only the brave.

Only the brave should teach.

Only those who love the young should teach.

Teaching is a vocation.

It is as sacred as the priesthood; as innate a desire as inescapable as the genius which compels an artist.

If he has not the concern for humanity, the love of the living creatures, the vision of the priest and the artist, he must not teach.

Pearl S. Buck



Tomorrow is the day my career officially takes a new path.  Starting tomorrow I am no longer an Art Educator, but I’m an Assistant Principal for the Duval County Public Schools.

I am hoping that by taking on this new role, I will have the desire to be creative again as an artist. I never thought being an Art Teacher would zap my desire to paint, but it has. The past couple of years painting has seemed like a chore. I look forward to the days when painting becomes a way to escape the madness of the real world.

 This blog will take on some new changes as well. From time to time I will not only post the traditional art related posts, but posts about education as well. I am new to administration and as I learn new and exciting things I will post them to this blog.

 I would be interested in hearing from people who have made the jump from teaching the arts to a role in administration. What were some of your challenges and how did you overcome them?

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

What are you doing this Memorial Day? I am planning on spending some quality time with my kids.

Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day!

Discovering Science Through Art

As part of my Action Research Project for the Aspiring Leaders Academy I created this video for my presentation. Enjoy and please feel free to comment. 

Busy, Busy, Busy but Blessed

I am at a great place in my life and career. Things are really looking up. In 28 more days I get to marry  the woman I’ve fallen deeply in love with. Caroline and I are getting married on Easter. I don’t know who is getting more anxious, Caroline or me.

On top of that I am finishing up with the Aspiring Leaders Academy. I am excited because I am finishing up my action research project. My project has to do with proving that when art is integrated with science, students will perform better on standardized test. I have always believed that Art is a powerful tool that can help any student succeed.

I just interviewed and received a position on the Curriculum and Assessment Writing Team for Duval County Public Schools. At first I hesitated, but the more I thought about it, I knew I wanted to do this. I’ll be able to help develop the Curriculum Guide and Assessments for the Art program. This will also give me a chance to work on my leadership skills.

I am truly blessed with a loving family a job that I have a great deal of passion for.

Cathedral Arts Visual Art Showcase

Cathedral Arts Visual Art Showcase

We had a great turnout yesterday for the Cathedral Arts Visual Art Showcase held at the St. Johns Cathedral.

Thank you parents and students for showing your support.

A Photo A Day, Day 22

Teaching a student how to draw from observation by drawing a still life



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