My other job is teaching art. In fact, during the school year it's my main job. I've been teaching elementary art for the past four years, and this fall I added middle school art for the first time. I must admit I felt a little nervous on the first day. Middle school is notorious for being challenging. But I've been wonderfully surprised at how awesome my students are. Every day I get excited when they walk in to the art studio early in the morning, full of curiosity and funny jokes and fresh perspectives. I wanted to share some of the beautiful work my seventh graders have done for our first project in the impressionism unit. We're making 'sky drawings' with chalk pastel to focus on light and color, training ourselves to really notice subtleties of hue, tint, tone, and value. They threw themselves into this with excitement and attentiveness.