Downtown Doors

Hello Friends,

When you walk around downtown San Jose, you’ll notice that there is large posters of student artwork on many utility boxes and doors. The San Jose Downtown Foundation has a program called Downtown Doors where it invites high school students to submit their artwork to be printed and placed around various sections of downtown. This is the 13th year, and 189 students submitted work from various San Jose public, private and charter high schools. 20 students are selected, bringing the total from the last 13 years to 252.

We invited students from the school I work at to submit to the art committee, and one of my students was selected! They had a small celebration for all the student winners a few weeks ago. It was a very exciting day, and I was so proud of her work. She had created this piece of work during a graphic design course taught by my department chair. I know this student from my Yearbook class. Her artwork hangs right by a popular Starbucks that I frequent when I need more caffeine in my life. Apparently the artwork Downtown Doors features will hang up for 3-5 years, which is quite a legacy!

I snapped the photo above of all the winners, which was a very exciting day I’m sure. I was a proud mamma standing there with my student!

Have you ever submitted anything to an art competition? Have you ever won anything?

Love,

-S

On My Radar

Hey guys,

Here are a few things that have caught my eye lately. Enjoy!

10 Delicious Green Smoothies

So, now that I’m back into the full swing of school and fall, it’s been a little crazy around here trying to keep on top of grading, lessonplans, sleeping, and ya know, feeding myself. I’ve been eying this list of smoothies as potential breakfasts (or really anytime) for a girl on the go! Any sound good to you? I’ve heard so many people talk about green drinks that it might be time for me to finally try one.

Behind the Scenes with Bob Ross

My AP art students last year were obsessed with Bob Ross. It only took one video from me, and then they would just make a playlist of him and watch during class while they were working on a project. His hair, his soothing voice, his ability to make “happy little trees”, he was a big hit. This article goes in depth on what working with him was like, and it sounds kinda amazing.

Teddy Bear the Porcupine

Uh… not much to say on this one, cute porcupine meets and eats a pumpkin for the first time. I want one now.

The College Prepster Vlogs

I’ve followed this blogger for a while now, and she has just recently started creating weekly videos of her life in with her hilarious boyfriend and two fluffy pups named Hamilton and Theodore. (#socute) I might have watched like an hour straight of her videos last night.

Anyway, it feels like September is going by so fast! I typically love fall, crisp cool mornings, bright sunny days, hot drinks, and of course PSL’s!

Mara Wilson

I remember I idolized Mathilda as a kid, I loved the whole storyline. I must have watched that movie so many times. This article discusses what she is up to these days, how its been like growing up from being a child actor, and a cute documentary she made during Mathilda. Did you like that movie as well?

Hows your September been? Anything good going on?

Love,

-S