Blogger has certainly grown into a terrific blog host but the time has come to take control over my own content. And WordPress allows me to do that. The look will be different--more "magazine" style--but I think it'll allow my readers easier access to my content. I can't wait to share it with you.
The last couple of years has been wonderful. When I first created Deep Space Sparkle, it was for the parents. I was so excited by the work my students did in the art room, I just had to share it with the school community. Strangely enough, few parents visited the site.
I did receive visitors though. You guys! Art teachers found their way to my site and began asking questions...and then more questions. I responded to your questions by turning simple posts of my student's artwork into lesson tutorials. At the time, I remember thinking how much I needed a site like this one when I first became an art teacher. I had no curriculum. I had no idea what students expected in art class. I was pretty much clueless.
During my first year of teaching, I waded through websites, books, anything...searching for lesson ideas. Many sites had pictures, but no instruction. What paper did they use? What technique? I studied the artwork with a fine-tooth comb, always asking "How did the art teacher teach this?"
Other sites had instructions but no pictures. Not great for a visual person.
Eventually, my lesson interpretations found their way onto my blog, which was actually a dual purpose blog combining my writing with the art lessons.
I love creating art lessons. I love reading how other teachers develop their lessons and what is important to them. I love knowing that I helped a first year teacher with some ideas to get her going. I love how many art blogs there are today compared with two years ago when there were just a few of us bloggers. Together we're starting an online community for visual learners and thinkers!
So this is my last post on Blogger and soon it'll be the beginning of a new look for Deep Space Sparkle. I'll still be the same. The blog will have the same spirit, just more of it!
See you at my new address www.deepspacesparkle.com It'll be up and running in a few days.