Last fall I learned a little something about myself. And a little bit about how our students may feel when they are in our classrooms.
I attended an art festival with family members that have had more experience with art. They can spend what seems like forever staring at a piece, thoughtfully considering the deep meaning the artist must have been expressing. At first I felt I needed to do what they were doing. I followed along, staring, trying to look thoughtful. But I just didn’t get it. What was I missing? Was I not as intellectual as they were?
We moved away from one piece to another. The same thing… I was feeling less and less secure about myself. Finally, I started asking them questions. How does this piece move you? What does it mean? How can you be sure?
While their explanations of the “serious” art didn’t always resonate with me, I was beginning to get a better understanding of things I could look for to make connections with the art or artist.
On the way home I thought again about how insecure I felt, and wondered if our students may feel the same way within our walls. How many look to others they think understand and mimic them? How many are afraid to ask for clarification?
Oh yeah, the art pictured above I get! (or at least I think I get it) The piece is titled Changing Oceans by Justin La Doux.