Last year, I had written about my observations of the beginning of my son’s art journey through self-expressionism. Now, with him in Kindergarten, Nathanael has been learning the basics that will help him further explore his creativity. Last week, I was able to see his first year of school masterpieces, in an art show!
What a scene it was. Every inch of the auditorium was covered with the amazing creations from the kids. It was truly an artist’s dream. Nathanael went around and called out his own work. I counted four pieces of his in the main gallery!
We then went around again and looked at the other pieces of art from the other grades and classes. I asked my son to point out which one he liked, and why. We played this game all around the room until we bumped into the art teacher. She told us that the artwork didn’t stop in the auditorium. She couldn’t decide one student’s artwork over another, so the art teacher placed up all the children’s art pieces, everywhere, around the school (major rock hands).
Thank you, Mrs. Kelleher, for the hard work and dedication you put into teaching our children about the arts. Seeing the whole school covered in the students’ designs – that was a masterpiece in itself. The students are lucky to have you.
On Monday, my son brought his artwork home. Nathanael wanted to show off all his pieces again, but with our after school hustle-bustle it was hard to take a break and look at them. I promised him that, later in the evening, mommy and daddy would see his creations. So, while he was getting ready for bed, I quickly prepared Nathanael’s Open Art Studio! I turned on some classical music. I poured a glass of wine for myself and my husband, and I put all my son’s artwork on display. When the honored guest came down the stairs I led him into the dinning room and asked him to tell us all about his work.
With a big smile, Nathanael pointed to each piece and told us the story behind it.
Our little artist loves the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. Have you been? If not, please go! We recently took Nathanael to see the Coney Island exhibit. There was also an event going on right outside the Wadsworth, called Second Saturdays. Carnival games, food vendors, and street performing were all a part of the fun that day! Inside the Wadsworth were so many neat relics from the historical theme park exhibit and even an interactive art piece where you can add your own colored work. Nathanael and I colored our Coney Island people – but he really wanted to take them home at the end of our stay.
So, we took it home for another Nathanael art piece to put on display.
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