“If you were in a circus, you would be a clown,” the boy said to me.
I knew from this comment on, my experience would be a memorable one. Luck had it I was invited to visit a local kindergarten through twelve school. My primary visit was in the arts department, which is where I met the crowd of first graders.
“What are you going to do in art class?” I asked one little girl. “I don’t know” she said. “Well, what do you want to do?” I asked. “I want to paint the ceiling” she said. “Well, I’m not sure we can do that, but it does sound like a grand idea,” I replied. The teacher, because she is such a good teacher, said, “Well, what if we paint pieces of paper the size of the ceiling tiles, and then we can tack them up.” Lots of screaming, cheers, rushing about. “What if we all paint a piece of the same picture so that when we put them all together we get one HUGE painting,” I asked. Lots of screaming, cheers and rushing about.
“Let’s draw the photographer,” the teacher said. Lots of screaming, cheers and rushing about.
Well, we didn’t end up with anything the size of the ceiling, but what we did end up with is what you see here. I have to say, this was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in a while. The kids were so refreshing, so animated, so interested it made me realize what a great future we all have.
The hair…they nailed it. The stubble was a surprise cause I’d shaved that morning. The Leica proved to be VERY popular.