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4th Grade Kicks

Here is an amazing observational drawing from one of my 4th grade students this week. I mean, c’mon, really? This child is super-talented, but also draws all the time. I think art is like most things, the more you do it, the better you get. Some people believe in natural born talent, I think it is something that is developed at a young age and built upon- like most other things. Anyone can be a good drawer, if they took a lesson, spent some time, did a little research. I am tired of adults saying, “I can’t even draw a stick figure!” Of the 350 students I have, including 4 Kindergarten classes, not one of those kids has ever said that to me.

Fruit Salad

Lately, I have been dreaming up paintings of colorful fruits and just hit that time of year for my Kindergarten students- painting fruit salads. It’s basic- mix the secondary colors using the primary colors and think of a fruit that corresponds with each color- add it to the paper. I am going to have to make my 27 year old version of this tonight, but I thought I would share with you a couple of gems from my little friends. I am truly an inspired artist when I am teaching, I just have to be better about making time when I am not at work to work on my own craft. I have so many ideas I just have trouble finding the time to execute them. New Years resolutions- maybe if I blog about it, it will force me to follow through with my words.