Monday, September 10, 2012

Art: My Favorite School Subject

When I was in elementary and junior high school, my favorite subject was art. I enjoyed both the process and projects I did in the different classes I took.

During elementary school, the art activities were more craft-based than art (e.g., colored salt patterns in a jar). However, I do remember learning some fundamental skills and doing projects that I enjoyed - like learning how to enlarge a drawing using a graph (this was in fourth grade). My project was enlarging a picture of Pooh. I spent a lot of time on it in class, and was happy with how it turned out.

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Doodles in my nature journal.
(Taken on February 15, 2011.)

By sixth grade, my parents gave me an opportunity to go to summer school. At that time, the classes I was able to choose from were focused on hobbies and life-skills.

For example, I remember taking a pottery class which I thoroughly enjoyed. I still have the clay wastebasket that I made in that class. In fact, I used it throughout my junior and senior high school years when I lived at home.

Nature Imprints in Clay
Nature imprints in clay that Sophia, Olivia, and I did.
(Taken on September 8, 2009.)

I also took a needlework class in which I made a crocheted baby blanket. The stitching, honestly, is better then than what I could do now.

Crocheted Dishcloth
A crocheted dishcloth I made using a new stitch I learned.
(Taken on April 9, 2010)

In 7th-9th grades, the art classes became more specialized. A trimester class would focus on one subject (e.g., calligraphy, pottery, rug making). I tended to take the classes in which I could make and use something. The rug I made from yarn and burlap in 8th grade is still in my bedroom at my mom's home. It's an image of a cat playing with a ball of yarn.

Rug Hooking
Rug in progress at Enfield Shaker Museum in New Hampshire.
It reminds me a bit of the process that I did, except at the museum
they use cloth rather than yarn (which is what I used).
(Taken on September 8, 2011.)

By the end of 9th grade, though, my parents strongly encouraged me to shift my focus from taking art classes (even though I enjoyed them) to classes that would better prepare me for college. Art, to them, wasn't a viable career for me. (Perhaps that was a gentle way of telling me I didn't have the skill needed to be an artist.)

The time I enjoyed in the art wing of junior high never happened at senior high. My classes were all in the other parts of the school - in math, science, literature/English, geography, history, and other college-prep courses.

I often wonder what would have happened if I did take art classes in senior high. Would my direction in life and career have been different than what it was prior to being a parent and homeschool mom?

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jennifer zuna said...

I was never every artistic...

Charis's Mum said...

I enjoyed art in elementary school, and enjoy creating things now-usually by knitting.

Tyler Coan said...

I couldn't get into art. However, I usually had pieces that the art teacher would submit to the local art museum.