It is so wonderful to share what I know about art with others, especially children who are like sponges and from whom I often learn a lot the following is a perfect example. The Christmas term has just finished for me and the Best
present I received was from a soft spoken polite eight year old girl in one of my classes. At the end of our session she came up to me with a huge smile on her face and presented me with a gift. I smiled, took it from her and told her that it was very kind of her to make me a present. She then explained that she found the ribbon on the floor at a friends house and that it was going to be thrown away, she added that the paper was also from a friend. I wished her a wonderful Christmas and she left smiling. I thought to myself, how kind, wonderful and thoughtful of her to think of me
. When I reached home I did not open it immediately, I actually had forgotten about it and only when I was putting away the materials did I find it again nestled amongst the paints and papers in my bags. I sat and untied the brown dotted ribbon, inside I found the best present in the world and was so moved by the beauty of her priceless
gift. I cried.
It was so beautiful I had to share it. The photo above shows how she carefully wrapped it. Inside they were two pages and she had written and drawn on them.
This page says
I love art
I hade grate fun at art class and you are the best art teacher ever from Louise"
I turned it over and on the other side she had written:
"Dear Shandra I hope you have a good halliday - get messy"
The final page (image to the right) had a drawing on it . It was all very special.
design by Dan Oszwa
This made me decide to create an Art Box
present for Louise so that she can continue to create and blossom into the artist that is inside her. She does not know it yet but next week I will present her with a box of art and craft materials, she deserves so much more than I can give. She reminds me of the little girl I was, I loved fabric, paper, buttons, colour, pencils etc. I did not have much but my mother gave me what she could to encourage and nurture my creativity. This unexpected gift of art materials will hopefully allow her to create, make, touch, paint and delight in the colours and textures, without worrying about the cost. I hope that it will also give her that small boost to ensure that she will become all that she can be and share her beautiful spirit with all the world. The greatest lesson to learn from this is that you do not have to spend huge amounts of money to spread and share the true meaning of Christmas. It is about giving with love.