November 7th, 2017
Who Does Art?
The best time to encourage an artist is any time.
The first step might be to put some materials out and invite them to experiment.
Yesterday I was working with some 3-and 4-year old kids with 'special needs.'
I sat at a low table and started sketching out three loose figures with a fat brown crayon.
As children approached to see what I was doing, I asked if they'd like to draw.
None were able to answer verbally, but each one nodded as they sat down.
With a color of their choice, each began to apply lines, mostly in roughly circular orbits, or zigzags,
or, in one case, with impressive control and recognizable results.
Ariel had represented a row of four faces with a purple crayon.
There were lashes on all eight eyes, three smiles and a frown.
I have many stories of my time with children in classrooms, learning about the Arts and Literature,
Science and Math, as well as History and Sports....but mostly learning about Human Nature.
I call the collected stories "Teacher Tells All: Notes from a Worn Out Whistle Blower."
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