Art Work by Ian

My son Ian loves to draw and color.  So, I thought I would share a few of his recent creations  with you my wonderful readers.

Note-To_mommyThe first one I wanted to post is a note that he wrote to me.  The note said, Dear Mommy, I am writing this note because I love you.  Love Ian.

I then told him, “Ian, it is so sweet.”  He then said, “I know Mommy.”

Don’t you just love his response? It cracked me up and touched me.  You will also notice that he wrote his name and To Mommy.

Invisible_MonsterThe next picture is his rendition of The Invisible Monster.  We talked about what invisible monster means but he still wanted a picture.  For this one he signed his name.  Next is his Vampire Family Car (Van). Vampire_Family_Car

Don’t you love the smiling animal? And, finally is the picture of Hummy the Hummingbird walking.  Hummy_The_Hummingbird

I hope you enjoyed his artwork as much as I did.

I wonder what creations he will come up with tomorrow?  I cannot wait to find out!

The Importance of Art

This morning I saw a great quote on Facebook.

“Earth without “art” is just “eh.”

I have always loved and been involved in the arts.  My niche was always music and musical theater.  All through junior high and high school, I was in the chorus, chorale, and show choir.  I had a blast and am so thankful for that opportunity.

My high school also had a drama club and each year we’d practice after school and then perform two shows a year.  The ones that I was in were: “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Our Town,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and “Pillow Talk.”

My high school was three years at that time with 9th grade still in junior high (a while ago).  We also had a newspaper staff and a yearbook staff.  I wasn’t involved in those but had several friends who were and had a blast with it.  Student writers, advertisers, and photographers were all involved in these publications.

My school had an art class as well and the students would display their works throughout the school. I am terrible at drawing and painting but am loving watching my son and nieces and nephews with their amazing work.  And, I have friends who are very talented as well.

I was fortunate to go grow up in a neighborhood that valued the arts both at school and in the community. We had a community theater, community band, community chorus, community orchestra, and community ballet.  Volunteers with a director or conductor or leader would work together to create amazing performances for the general public to enjoy.

But, the sad fact now is that many schools no longer have these programs.  A lot of them had to do away with them due to budget cuts. To me this is heartbreaking.  For talented students to lose this outlet is truly sad and in need of correction.

This morning on Good Morning America, I was thrilled to hear Sarah Jessica Parker talking about her involvement in a new initiative to adopt failing schools and incorporate arts education back into them.  She is involved in the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

According to the Associated Press, Parker, Kerry Washington, Yo-Yo Ma, Damian Woetzel, Chuck Close, Alfre Woodard, and Forest Whitaker are adopting schools to help in this initiative.

Thumbs up to all of them as well as President Obama for realizing the importance of this and doing something about it.

I wonder if we will continue to appreciate the value of the arts.  I certainly hope we do.