Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Artist in Everyone

Our school has a fantastic new art teacher who has energized the art program to a new level.  Last night was the first annual art show, complete with red carpet and paparazzi (Yes, I volunteered for that one.  Too fun, though I was jostling with a dad for my position.  Just like the Oscars.)

Quite a few of the kids "dressed" for the occasion.  Many of the girls wore lovely spring dresses and sparkly shoes;  there were a few bow ties, one tux, and my kids and their buddy did their version of French artists:  gelled hair, shades and pencil moustaches and goatees.  I coached them to say "je suis tres chic" but mostly they said they stuck to "croissant."  It was a fabulous night.  You could almost feel the school buzzing as the students led their parents through the "gallery."  I sent my mother-in-law some pics and she's warned me that there are artists in the family and starving is not a fun way to live.  Ok, ok. But can't every human be an artist?

I quote this inspiring book on my nightstand, "The Art Spirit" by Robert Henri:

"When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature....Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it, shows there are still more pages possible."

1 comment:

molly said...

They are so funny! Love their moustaches.

I remember my mother tempering me constantly with remarks like "you have to do something to earn a living. You can't just BE an artist." I'm sure she didn't mean to be discouraging, but it's taken years to undo the thoughts.