My name is Marcy. What a thrill to be invited to guest blog at Makewells for one of my favorite artsy friends, Megan! I have to confess I was a bit intimidated because a) I am not a blogger, b) I have my hands full with our newly adopted almost two-year-old daughter, and c) I still wonder sometimes if I really am an artist at all. ( Can anyone relate?!)
About four years ago, I got tired of teaching art full-time. I wanted to set my own hours and do my own thing. My entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, and I started an after-school art program called:
( Thanks, Megan, for whipping up this quickie logo for me this year!)
I remember hoping I had at least 10 kids sign up so I would cover my costs. I was overwhelmed when I had forty kids right out of the gate! The kids, ranging from kinders to 5th graders, and I have a great time working with all kinds of mediums, making projects based on themes which I come up with every eight weeks.
I have to tell you, the best thing about teaching little kids is those special ones who show a real talent at an early age. I love being privvy to their moments of inspiration and seeing their creativity bust out all over their paper or canvas. I love the huge grins of proud accompishment that spread across their face when I hold up their finished artwork and we high-five and fist-bump and thank God for their special gift!
Sometimes I see real stand-out work that I appreciate as much as anything an adult artist might do.
Things like this:
Anyway, one of my FAVORITE teaching moments EVER was when this guy:
Jonathan, in kindergarten at the time, finished his project and was so jazzed about it he did an all out run-and-then-slide-on-your-knees thing across the art room floor, jumped up, threw his arms in the air, and proclaimed at the top of his voice,"YUMMY ROCK HOTEL!"
After we all stopped laughing, I asked him what that meant. He just shrugged his shoulders and said, "I don't know-I just felt like saying it"!
I felt like this sentiment perfectly captured the creative spirit, and it has become a catch-phrase of sorts in my classes whenever any of us are particularly excited about our work.
Thanks for letting me share today and I hope you have many Yummy Rock Hotel moments of your own!