Nicole Martinez Tag

School visit- Southgate Elementary

Check out these beautiful photos by sister Nicole Martinez. Nicole is an amazing 3rd grade teacher, and I’m mad because I didn’t get a picture with her. She fuses pieces of culture with the constraints of the state California school system rules. I met Nicole at a function at the legendary Sol Collective several years ago. I’m still not up on the happenings of Sacramento where she works, but I know there are incredible folks like Nicole working up there.

So, Nicole asked me to come share some stories and I went there to kick it with the kids. We did some talking, some drawing of letters, and some writing. Although i have been teaching for a minute, I’m always learning new things about how to teach “illustrating” and “creative writing”. It’s hard. I give it up to teachers who work on their students’ skills all day, every day. In the collage you can see some of the babies, and the work they did.Check out some other photos from the visit.

Peep the card, so much love! Love the quote ” Hi Rob, you are cool” lol.

When a child tells me “you’re art is cool” or “how did you get your hair like that (laughs)?”, or “thank you Mr. Robert”, or even if their eyes widen when I show them an original piece, that makes everything I do worth it.

Dig this? Check out this reading I did with Woodland Elementary in Oakland