Magazine article School Arts

Building on Experiences

Magazine article School Arts

Building on Experiences

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Last summer, I went whitewater rafting in Colorado. As I was driving home from the mountains, these thoughts came to me:

As evening turns to night, driving through the mountains fills you with wonder at the grand-scale beauty that you always hate to leave--a beauty that holds you in its heart and touches you with peace and calm. A silence fills you--words spoken now would be pointless and trivial in the presence of this great wonder and beauty. Your thoughts just drift to a higher place and time and you welcome it. It feels as if the mountains are holding you in their hands and then releasing you out into the world again--more peaceful, gentle, refreshed with wonder. The beauty makes a tear come that you welcome with joy.

Sometimes we forget that the experiences our students have do affect them, and as a result, have an impact on their reflection of the experience in the artwork they produce afterwards. …

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