Falling in Love with Bookbinding

I have truly developed a passion for bookbinding this summer. The idea of creating sketchbooks and art teacher planners, selling them, then having other imaginative individuals use my creations to further their own inventions is so exciting to me. I love the whole process and feel that it’s really fulfilling. Also, since I have been teaching art, I still have yet to find a lesson planner that accommodates my needs as an art teacher. All of the teacher stores I have been in have cute and useful planners for classroom teachers, but not art teachers. So I love that what I am making is original, yet very functional as well.

So far, this is one of my favorite art teacher planners I have made.

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Out of all of the sketchbooks I have made so far, this one is my favorite. Essentially, it is a mixed media piece and would make a really cool diary/ art journal/ sketchbook.

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Visit my shop, Art Teachers Boutique !

End of Summer and Start of an Exciting Etsy Shop

Well… It has been awhile! I go back to work on Monday and have been reflecting on how awesome my summer has been:
– My husband and I visited a university that has one of the top 3 best programs for a PhD in art education, which I am applying for for fall 2016!
– We stayed at the beach for a week
– And I started an Etsy shop called Art Teachers Boutique where I create and sell art teacher planners and sketchbooks!

I am going into work early today to get a head start and will post pictures of my classroom soon! Best wishes!

*one of the planners I made that’s for sale in my shop*



VA.3.S.1.4 Choose accurate art vocabulary to describe works of art and art processes (students can identify the difference between realistic vs. abstract)


(one slide from the presentation I created)

3rd grade students learned about the differences between abstract art and realistic art. Students were asked to predict both definitions before I provided the correct definition to them. Following this, students created a double bubble map to compare and contrast the two different art styles. Finally, students created a piece of abstract art, which was later shown at the school wide student art show.

Contemporary Artist Pawel Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski is a Polish artist who creates satirical works that reflect modern social, political, and cultural influences. I love his work and anticipate using some of his pieces to inspire my students to create some sort of social/ political art in the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.


Pawel Kuczynski