While I can appreciate most art (Impressionist paintings being my favorite), I have never had a talent for any form of it. Therefore I was quite surprised several weeks ago when my eight-year-old expressed an interest in creating an art piece for a fine arts competition at her school. She told me that in the half-hour art class they have each week during school, the art teacher had offered the students the opportunity to stay after school to receive help in making an art piece if they wished.
So last Wednesday my daughter spent some time with this teacher beginning a project for the competition. I am so impressed by this teacher and the giving of her time and talent to help children learn about art. How blessed my daughter is to have a teacher who is passionate about what she teaches and has the ability to impart the love of her subject to her students. While I could read about art and study the differing techniques in order to help my daughter, it would be difficult for me to create the same kind of excitement that her art teacher has.
I’ve quoted my dad on this before -“We love people who love our kids.” I so appreciate this teacher taking her time after school hours to work with my daughter and others, to show her how to make something beautiful, to open her eyes to a world that I would have difficulty navigating. This may end up being a passing fancy, but the time and attention that this teacher is investing in her is a gift that will last forever.
photo courtesy public domain pictures
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