― Phil Collins
The quote above could not describe my situation any better! As I had said earlier, I did not plan to teach art. When I was in school at U of Missouri, my first opportunity to take any art classes., I took Watercolor I, Drawing I, Ceramics I, Sculpture I, Weaving I....you get the idea. I wanted to try it all!!!
My teaching assignment, in a brand new school, with brand new equipment, were seventh graders, probably 25 to a class, five classes. We did have a text book so I had a teacher's manual with a curriculum to follow and the guy next door who was a trained art teacher to get me through the year! Art was a semester class so my first semester classes were my guinea pigs! We had a great time together! My classes would be so noisy that I would not hear the intercom when the office called. It wasn't that I didn't have good discipline; it's just that noise didn't bother me...the kids would be quiet when I needed them to be, to listen to instructions and demos on what to do....then they could chatter away as long as they did their work.
But it wasn't all work...I really loved Kansas City and now that I had my own car, I enjoyed exploring all the interesting places. One of my favorites was the Nelson Art Gallery. I would go there frequently to enjoy all the art. Through my growing up years, my mom would take us to Chicago to visit a cousin and go to the Chicago Art Institute so I had a fledging appreciation of art. One of the best exhibits at the Nelson was a traveling exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh...and that is where I first developed a love for his work. I love the technique he used of layering the paint on so thickly. I really wanted to reach out and touch his paintings but, as you know, the guards at the galleries are not very fond of people doing that! That didn't stop me...with Beth on guard, watching when it was clear, I did touch a paint stroke very quickly!
|The Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri....Claus Oldenberg's "Shuttlecock"|