I’m not particularly talented, except with words. I can draw stuff, but it looks pretty awful. I have done painting (I had a brief phase where I was painting a lot), but I suck. I can hold a tune, but my voice is uninteresting.
Thank God I can write. I’d love to make some sort of crappy metaphor about how “word are the clay with which I shape the world” but I’m gonna pass.
Charlie, however, is a brilliant illustrator making him the perfect person to sit down and draw with Tori. Tori – if I do say so myself, as the proud mom – has clearly inherited his talent (which you can see with the image there where a horse and her foal hang out under a tree), as well as a voracious appetite to CREATE.
This is something as a family that we really, really, want to nurture.
At Tori’s traditional public school last year she didn’t get to do art as often as she wanted to; this was sad, and while we supported her at home and Charlie helped, neither of us are art teachers.
Luckily at her new school Tori is able to create art whenever she wants to (once she’s become “certified” in using the different supplies). But as a new school that is still struggling to get on its feet, art supplies can be in short, well, supply.
I’m happy to see that Blick Art Supplies has created a great way to help school get their hands on needed art supplies. The Art Room Aid project offers teachers the ability to create a list of supplies they need or want for a project, like we did for Tori’s school here. For Tori’s school we decided to create a general list of supplies rather than focus on a specific project; since the school is all about self-directed learning, it’s more in pace with the school’s philosophy for the students to come up with projects themselves (although the school will support them in getting the instruction they need, obviously). Thankfully, Art Room Aid is set up to give the benefiting school (or community project!) the freedom to choose the supplies they need.
I hope you’ll go check it out!
Blick is donating $100 worth of art supplies to Tori’s school in exchange for me posting about it here. How cool is that?