Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Would you like to see an impression?


The PTA in our school district sponsors an art program since the regular school budget has no room for art. So four times a year, parent volunteers go to a class to learn a project that we will then go teach to our child's class. In case you haven't guessed, I'm the parent volunteer for my daughter's class. I get to teach a classroom of first graders about Impressionism.

Impressionism? For first graders? Isn't their art already impressionistic?

Anyway, we all got to sit through an hour and a half of learning about art history (zzzz...) before we finally got to paint. Unfortunately, that meant that we only had half an hour to do our impression of a Monet painting that was being projected on a big screen.

Half an hour?! I cannot work under these conditions! I am an arteest!

Of course, I wasn't able to complete my painting to my satisfaction. (I am not obsessive!) As I looked around the room after our time was up, I saw that no one really seemed finished. At least, the lack of time is what we'll be blaming our finished product on...


gina said...

Maybe they planned it that way so no one could feel bad with their finished product. How sad that is what your arts program has been reduced to. there is something seriously wrong with our country's priorites.

MoonGoddess said...

Sounds like fun, but I have to agree its sad when there is no room for art in school other than a volunteer lead quick class.

I used to adore my art classes.

With all the talk of stressed out kids, you would think they would like to teach ways to deal with it!