Friday, June 3, 2011

The Big White Paper in the Studio

At the end of the school year we cover the studio mirrors with large sheets of white paper so the students can practice their dances without the benefit of their reflections. We also put a basket of crayons on the floor. You can probably imagine what comes next...

Two Harry Potters
Three Justin Beibers (one crossed out)
A slice of cheese (with cheese misspelled)
Eighty million kitty cats
Two Spongebobs
A herd of rainbow-colored puppies
A lot of bubble-faced smiling girls with bows on their heads
A zombie
An octopus (this is mine)
Way too many floating eyeballs (One proudly proclaims "I see you")
A piece of toast
A narwhale
etc.

By the time I left work last night, there wasn't much open space left over. The most notable thing about all of this is how excited the kids get when they enter the room and see all the drawings. They can't wait to make their mark, add their character to the vast sea of faces. Then, in classes to come, they proudly point out their drawing to anyone who will listen.

No grand conclusion. Just that it's really inspiring to see how excited they get over the mere act of creation. A crayon and some white paper. It doesn't matter if they're 5 or 18. Everyone goes immediately for the crayons. I think there's hope for us.

Reader's log:
45. Chime - Franny Billingsley

3 comments:

  1. That is so cool. I teach a costume/prop class at a theater in the summer and I love seeing what the kids create. So inspiring.

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  2. Underneath, I think we're all still kids at heart. No matter how staid and dull you may appear on the surface. It just takes a little more scratching to get through in some cases...

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