Stepping into Their Own Power

“You must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do today. “ – Edgar Degas


Dear Families and Friends,

Once they get their initial practice under their belts, kids have the confidence to sink their teeth into a new art making process. We watched children step up their game!

First thing this morning kids gave each other some solid feedback.

“You could add more detail,” one student suggested. “To keep the height the same with all the wood pieces, you could ‘double up!'” another added, recognizing that a second layer of wood would help make a better print.

“Yesterday I was feeling really frustrated,” one boy told me. Cushing’s classroom teachers are naturally involved. They notice when kids get stuck and stick by them to help them get through a challenge.

Today kids dared to try out new textures and fill in the gaps on their collagraphs.  Imagine the patience this butterfly required!

One of the most invigorating things about making art in Cushing is that Bernard Langlais’ work is right there. Having lived for many years in the community, “Blackie” gifted a number of his artworks to the school and town library. How many children have the chance to be inspired by a fellow townsman with something important to say?

Mentors are critical in today’s world. Not all children have them. We want to voice our appreciation to Ms. Mank, Mrs. McFarland, and to Miss Debby – for showing kids that they can aim high. Young artists are going beyond the imaginable imagined and are tremendously proud of themselves for doing so.

Anticipating our expedition to Wheeler Bay next Tuesday,

Nancy, Susan, and Dee




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