Yesterday was one of those days at art. One where nothing really went well other than the girls were happy - no matter that their art was not. Frustration may have been my word for the day. Some of the girls needed to finish prior projects, but I needed something for the other girls to do. Since it was Valentine Day, I thought painting flowers would be nice. I searched and planned out the lesson. We had painted sunflowers a few weeks ago hoping to teach value - lights and darks - and this would be a continuation of that lesson. Some people see things in one color and need to be taught to see all the colors and the value differences. If you see a sunflower and say, "Yep, that's yellow." then you need to look closer. Value differences give a picture depth. Without the value changes, things are just flat - a yellow sunflower becomes just a yellow blob. Besides perspective, it is the most difficult thing for me to get across to my students. Yesterday was difficult. Frustrations ran high making me think that we need to back up and start over.
But they are a happy group of girls. They laugh and talk and brighten my day. Some of them laugh when their paintings turn out, hmm well, ridiculous. At least they know - that is a start. But then there are the girls who are as frustrated as me. Me, for not being able to explain things clearly. Them, for not being able to make their art work. I need to relax and let it go and try again next time.