Saturday, April 29, 2006

What a difference a (school) year makes

Back in October, I was dismayed when Bud came home from school with a painting of a sky and grass and a tree and a cat. But when I picked him up at school on yesterday's sunny late-April afternoon I was delighted to see this painting of two apple trees and a rainbow. This landscape is direct from Bud's imagination; he was alone at the easel while he produced it. No direction, no advice, no "helpful hints" - just the artist and his art. And he's proud of what he's created. He's told me about it several times, and each time the description has been different. Though he mentions each of the elements - the apple trees, the sky, the grass, the rainbow, the line (because that top red line is not part of the rainbow; it is simply a line, no less important to the landscape than any other element) - he talks about them in different orders, with different inflections, using different words. Sometimes they are "my trees," sometimes "two apple trees," sometimes "the beautiful apple trees." This is not a script.

It's just art.

And it's all Bud's.


Kristina Chew said...

And the artist is quite adept at critiquing his own creation!

Anonymous said...

It's not the teacher who creates the magic - it's the kids...and whenever it happens, it always leaves me in awe, and wonder, and the power of magic, and the child. Happy bday dad. :) mh

gretchen said...

I think we've all grown a lot over the past school year- I hope parents and kids keep learning about life and each other at this same rate!

Mom to Mr. Handsome said...

There is nothing more beautiful than a child's thoughts lovingly transfered onto paper..and with an artist's interpretation! It is a masterpeice!


Melanippe said...

It's beautiful :-)