The Art Show!

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

“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” –Claude Monet

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

“Color is a power that directly influences the soul.  Color is the keyboard.  The artist is the hand that plays.” –Wassily Kandinsky

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Pablo Picasso

“Creativity takes courage.” –Henri Matisse

“Art should make you feel, like music.” –Wassily Kandinsky

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

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” –E.B. White-


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five 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 was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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76 Responses to The Art Show!

  1. willedare says:

    Yowza! Great art and great thoughts about art! Now I am going to see if I can click on the images and look at them in more detail… Congratulations to you and your class of artists!

    • willedare says:

      I was able to savor the works of art — and the great hand-lettered signs! — in detail. Wow. So much to savor! In particular I responded to the elegant simplicity of the daffodils… Thank you for leading and then sharing this wonderful undertaking!

      • Jennie says:

        I’m so glad you were able to savor the art, Will. I had to include a photo of the daffodils that she looked at as she made her art. Thank you! 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      Thanks, Will! 🙂

  2. beetleypete says:

    Some lovely art on the wall there, Jennie. Great quotes too, especially those from Picasso and Matisse.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Oh my gosh, how artfully beautiful! This is just phenomenal, Jennie. The children’s “Aqua Room French Art Gallery is a huge success! 🙂 Your undertaking of this Art Show is amazing and don’t you know how magnificence these children feel about themselves and what they can accomplish in the world, one day. Karen 🙂

  4. Darlene says:

    These masterpieces are amazing, all of them. So well done. I especially like The Scream. He must have been so pleased with his final work. The quotes you chose are perfect! Well done, everyone.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Darlene. I really like The Scream, too. Alex worked so hard. That was one of the days we played Mozart on the record player, and he was so focused I had to keep people away from him. I love the quotes, too!

  5. Just beautiful, Jennie!!! 🙂

  6. Norah says:

    Jennie, these artworks are just gorgeous. I see Alex’s painting there. The children look so proud, and rightfully so. The quotes you have framed them with define the creative spirit and the wonder that is common to all, regardless of age.

  7. So much talent displayed here Jennie, adorable. 🙂

  8. I am saving all the quotes by artists here and sharing a little known secret to even myself. I just realized that I had never been to an art museum until the Getty was opened in Calif. My stepson worked on the AC there and got us passes to the opening, I had no knowledge of art and could depart none to my children. Thank goodness they took it upon themselves to learn and love. You taking those youngsters to the museum does my heart good. What a blessing they have in you and where they go to school.

    • Jennie says:

      I’m glad you like the quotes, Marlene. They are some of my art favorites. It wasn’t until I was older that I went to a real art museum. I hope you do, because there is nothing that compares to seeing the real thing. This show is hanging in the large foyer of our post office. The whole community stops by to admire the children’s art work and sign a guest book. I think I am going to suggest to parents that they take their child to a real art museum. Thank you so much, Marlene!

  9. How wonderful!! This is fantastic! I love the beautiful artwork and the quotes are perfect! 🙂

  10. thank you for taking us on a tour of the gallery – inspiring.

  11. ren says:

    What fun that was….thank you!

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  13. Opher says:

    Superb Jennie – encouraging creativity is the best thing you can do.
    What great quotes.
    I think it was Picasso who said that a work of art is never finished; it is merely abandoned.

  14. A lovely post, Jennie. Thank you for sharing this art; it is so lovely.

  15. love the art and the quotes!

  16. Thank you Jennie — for this delightful, colorful, happy post. I loved reading all the artists’ quotes too. Hugs!

  17. Wow, Jennie. Plain old wow. What amazing artwork from preschoolers. I’m just blown away. Beautiful show and I love the quotes you added to go along with the post. ❤

  18. These paintings are all SO beautiful! What a great job the kids did. I love the quotations you interspersed, as well.

  19. Tina Frisco says:

    Fantastic post, Jennie! The quotes are wonderful, and the children’s artwork is incredibly powerful ❤

  20. reocochran says:

    Your students were moved by the passion you demonstrate in everything​ they do. I love those hugs and gentle observations of their own work, arm around them. The children will never forget these special times!

    They had their fully​ engaged minds focus upon their artwork. This teaches them so much about developing goals and finishing projects, Jennie.
    We framed our preschool students’ art and liked taking pictures of their concentration while they worked on projects. There’s nothing like this excitement. Whew! You were in overdrive on last weekend.
    Magnificent! ✨ Spectacular! 🎆

    • Jennie says:

      I knew you would understand and fully ‘see’ all that happened, Robin. It is so beautiful! Taking the children to look at the whole show, then signaling out each child was the icing on the cake for,all they had done. Thank you for you kind words. They were a warm blanket of affirmation, and a big hug. Happy weekend to you, my friend. 😍

  21. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This is another wonderful post from Jennie, an extraordinary teacher!

  22. Annika Perry says:

    Jennie, I always love and admire art by children – straight from the heart without inhibitions, worries. These are so full of life, vibrant and worthy of showing in any art gallery. Wonderful quotes to accompany your photos, Jennie and Monet’s particularly strikes a chord: ‘I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” – I feel he achieved his wish! Lovely post, a delight to view and joy for the soul. Xx

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Annika. Yes, when art is from the heart, encouraged and praised (and not interfered) by adults, the results are truly wonderful- beautiful art and happy, confident children. I’m so glad you enjoyed the show and the quotes. Monet’s is a favorite of mine, too. 🙂

  23. Dan Antion says:

    Fabulous art show, Jennie! I love the quotes.

  24. sjhigbee says:

    You must be so proud of them! And even better – I’ll bet they are also proud of themselves…

  25. Loved the quotes! Matisse, my man! ♥

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Billy. Matisse is my man, too. His grandson lives in my town of Groton. His children were in my preschool class years ago. Imagine that!

  26. I was “discovered” as an artist when in elementary school…my parents were advised to get me a private teacher immediately, which they did until money and convenience ran out (being in our military is not particularly lucrative)… By the time a got back to instruction, I felt so oppressed by the pinky-extended Art Crowd even at an introductory level that it darned near suffocated me. I was always hearing what I was doing insufficiently, that my art as a child wasn’t realistic enough, and as a young adult student not impressionistic, “creative”, and abstract enough… In other words, as a child I was criticized for not drawing like an adult, and as an adult, for not seeing the world like a child.

    I dumped my portfolio in the garbage can at the end of the semester and never returned to art instruction. Paradoxically, whenever I DO art, I now draw upon my childhood imagery and folk art. Call me anything but an artist. All of the oppression is why I became a Writer, Bless you for giving young art students something important to hold onto…

    • Jennie says:

      I am sad and angry; sad for you and angry at the teachers who failed you. That balance of instruction and letting go by teachers is enormously important. You more than most know that. Thank you for sharing your story, KC. Thank goodness you took up writing and found an avenue for your talent, as you are a gifted writer. You give my teaching validation and inspiration. I deeply appreciate your kind words.

  27. These are beautiful pictures Jennie, Children’s art is so special. I save all of my granddaughters and for years saved many of my own children’s art work that was pinned to the fridge. I love how their imagination works .. Loved the Quotes! 🙂

  28. dgkaye says:

    Loved these Jennie! I especially loved ‘color is the keyboard’. 🙂 x

  29. I loved the quotes you’ve chosen and the way you engage the children! Amazing art.

  30. How bright and colourful. Love this post 👌

  31. Writergrrrl says:

    Lovely! Great artwork and some fabulous quotes!

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