Thursday, June 05, 2008

a shady tree

I had my students explain their artwork to the rest of the class this morning: expecting more shyness in response, I was pleasantly surprised to see how unabashedly expressive and proud many of my young artists ended up being. And you must imagine the word "artiste" being said with a flagrantly exaggerated French accent, as that is what I used in class :-)
Riley, for instance, gestured broadly towards his canvas as I held it up for all to see: "This is my tree," he began. "And there is the sun. The tree is holding up her branches, see--she's shading her eyes from the sun, 'cause she's hot."
It was, incidentally, quite a hot day today . . . and the campers had just been happily romping in the creek before coming into art class.

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