I had an interesting and unique experience on Monday. As I’ve mentioned on many occasions, Ralph is a wonderful artist. I’ve shown examples of his work. He was invited to teach a class in drawing to a group of 6th graders in our local grade school.
This was interesting on several levels. This is the school I attended as a child and I just realized that I don’t think they call them “grade” schools anymore. I think the accepted term is “middle” school. Hmmm. Old am I. The school has changed a great deal over the years. It has always been a highly rated school and my sister and Ele both felt we got a very good education there. Many people in our town complain about how high our taxes are. I’m among them but when I think of the fact that much of that goes to the school system, I shut up and remember my School Days.
I’m not going to reminisce about that too much at the moment. One other interesting point is that the art teacher who invited Ralph to conduct the class used to be the Mayor of our town. She conducted our wedding ceremony almost 12 years ago now. Pretty Cool!
I had fun learning to use my little video camera that I purchased a few weeks ago. I was able to capture most of the presentation, but I still have no clue how to upload the video here, so all you get are photos. I had a hard time trying to get pictures unobtrusively from the back of the classroom without getting little faces in the photos, but I’ve done my best.
(I’m hoping this is posting properly because I’m having really weird issues with WordPress today.)
That’s Ralph doing his thing showing the young ones how to do fabulous things with pencils and markers.
Ralph, after the presentation…
He did all kinds of demonstrations and the kids were very attentive…for 6th graders! He did a great job, as always!! It’s very funny in the video I took…because of the white board…White Board? When I went to school, we had blackboards! Anyway, because of the white board and the fact that he had a white shirt on…in the video he looks like a tiny disembodied head moving back and forth across the screen. At least we have an record of it.
He loves to teach children to draw and he’s so good at it. I keep telling him he should advertise drawing/art lessons for children and adults. He has so many good ideas about how to make it easy and fun for people to draw. I keep saying I’m going to sit down and draw something based on what I’ve learned just from listening to him all these years. I might be fun to try!
Due to the issues I’m having with WordPress today, I’m going to keep this short. Hopefully, the internet elves with get this all fixed and it will be working better tomorrow.