The Art Show

“It took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child.” -Pablo Picasso-

When I brought the children to see the Art Show this week, the first words were from a child, Allie.  She said, “This is beautiful!”  She was right.

“There are flowers for those who want to see them.”  -Henri Matisse-

I was able to be with each child in front of their art masterpiece.  This was ‘the moment’, as if they were seeing their art in a museum.  Hard work and heart needs to be recognized, especially with young children.  After all, growing children is like growing flowers; planting a seed and nurturing.  Art was the seed, and teaching was the nurturing.  A little water (tools) and sunshine (words) made all the difference.

Aaryan chose to paint Large Blue Horses, by Franz Marc.  Avery chose to paint the Mona Lisa, and Parker was inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.  Rowan painted a Starry Night.  Nora and Lexi were vested in the real artist paints, carefully squeezing the colors from tubes onto palettes and returning to their work over and over again.  Kate and Max used real spaghetti dipped in paint, creating art much like Jackson Pollock.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent van Gogh-

Dear Vincent, I couldn’t have said it any better.  You took the words right out of my mouth.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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38 Responses to The Art Show

  1. Norah says:

    This is just too beautiful for words, Jennie. Have a great weekend.:)

  2. MC Clark says:

    Beautiful! I bet they are all so proud. I remember how proud my son was–and so was I–to see his “masterpieces” grace the walls of an art show back when he was a little boy. My son is over 40 now, but I still have those paintings.

  3. beetleypete says:

    My wife is collecting her grandson’s art, from his early attempts as he attends nursery. There is something pure and innocent in the art of a child, undoubtedly.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Darlene says:

    These works of art are fabulous. The children would have been so proud. What a great thing to do. I love the liking of growing children to growing flowers, as that is what they truly are.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Darlene. It was a great event, especially for children to see the fruits of their labor beautifully displayed. Such pride and joy!

  5. spearfruit says:

    Amazing post Jennie and amazing art by the children who proudly displayed their work. I appreciate them and you very much. This post brought a nice smile to me this morning, thank you. 🙂

  6. A lovely post, Jennie. It is so important to stimulate creativity in children.

  7. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a beautiful show, Jennie!

  8. Fabulous and inspiring Jenny.. Each one a true masterpiece.. ❤

  9. Beautiful! That’s the only word for this post, Jennie. Everything about it is beautiful — your descriptions, the wonderful photos, and I loved the quotes too. Huge hugs!

  10. Don’t you just want to see where those children end up in 15 years? I am so curious to know what a profound effect your teaching has had on them.

    • Jennie says:

      I really do, Marlene. I often have children return to visit when they’re in high school. One of my former students is now a musician and is doing his community service in my classroom, bringing in different instruments each month. The children love it. Now, when he was in my class he had a hard time separating from his mom. Many, many tears until I pulled out the autohap to play. That did it! He began a love of music and never looked back. You never know when you might make a difference with a child!

  11. What a wonderful art show. Each piece is beautifully matted and displayed. Their paintings are truly magical and the quotes add perfect wisdom to the magic. Thanks for bringing us all along!

    • Jennie says:

      Awww… that is so nice, Marcia. Wish you could see it in person. The display really gives honor to each child’s work of art. Interestingly, every child remembers their title. 😀

  12. ren says:

    Everyone of those painted creations are so perfect! What an honor, thank you.

  13. So very beautiful! 😄

  14. Di says:

    What a beautiful display Jennie… such an encouragement for these lovely young children 🌹

  15. Jennie says:

    Thank you, Paulette!

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