(How a Bricks and Mortar teacher ruined the love of ART)
We've been contemplating Homeschooling for a long time. We needed to find a house in the country with a barn so we knew we'd be moving but had no idea where, so it seemed the perfect time to bite the bullet. I had dreamed of being an ART teacher but deplored my first college art professor and switched to THEATRICAL DESIGN and later to ARCHITECTURE. Ha-ha-ha. I have a diploma. I worked in various design capacities but always preferred working with children, and I am laughing because after having my own children that is no longer my favorite thing. Now, I like to write (more about that later).
But, oh wow, homeschooling gave me a chance to fulfill my first academic dream and become a real, live, art teacher! I could not wait to get started. When you cannot wait for something, well, you should. It never, ever turns out like you envision.
Things are finally starting to swing in my favor, so I thought I would start sharing our weekly projects here. I want to give all moms of budding artists hope and patience by sharing our grief. We've learned so many great lessons along the way: How to clean up, How art can teach math, Patience is a virtue, Practice makes perfect, How to spell new words, How to make Mommy say bad words... you get it- you've lived it. Maybe you love math or music or language arts and it turns out to be your child's least favorite or worst subject. Time to put on your grown-up pants and grin and bear it with me.
Here is Jake's work from Connection's Academy Art LESSON ONE: Draw a picture of yourself showing how you feel about school, specifically ART, use shapes and patterns within your drawing.
Mommy: "It is my favorite subject! I am not so great, but I try my best."
Jake: "I'm no good at it, and I don't want to do it."
Mommy: "Let's listen to music while we draw."
Jake: "Let's don't and say we did."
Mommy: "Jake, here is a mirror draw your face."
Mommy: "Just Do IT!"
Jake: "This is not fun."
Mommy: "This is not fun."
Mommy: "Maybe this is why Mom's take up drinking wine."
Later, Jake informed me he had never used anything but crayons in his art class at school. They always had to color the ENTIRE page with neat, crayon coloring from corner to corner. WHAT? I've got the pictures and the grades to prove why he doesn't like art. She was a hardcore grader for an elementary teacher who made the kids use crayons as a medium. In fact, she killed his straight A+'s in first grade with a B- and a comment to try and be neater. He was devastated, so I told him, "Ya gotta do what ya gotta do." He did it from that point on. Man, I'd hate art too if that were my teacher's philosophy. Why do you need an art
teacher for coloring?