Thursday, September 29, 2011

Art & Science Prevail

Well, so much for miracles…science won out, but so did art! Four days into our drawing lesson, our fruit was brown and slimy bringing with it a friendly infestation of fruit flies. I tried performing a rot-endectomy, slicing off the brown outside layer of the cut fruits, (to bide us a little bit more time) but even a lemon juice miracle could not stop science.

Our once succulent fruit has returned to the good earth in my compost pile! Ah, the circle of life.

Classroom bugs and all, it was worth it! The assignment generated a positive experience for the students, and while they might be a tad more critical of their success than I am as their teacher, I am pleased with their efforts and results. No one can learn how to do something, or how to get better at doing something…without actually doing it! Funny how that education thing works.

Of course, we aren’t the only artists who have drawn rotting fruit. Consider Caravaggio, the Italian Baroque Master (1571-1610) who painted "Basket of Fruit" in 1599. Images of my students' drawings will come soon!

1 comment:

  1. Both words and actions are important when it comes to being respectful. But, I also feel as if actions are a bit more powerful because it comes from the heart. When someone says something respectful that doesn’t mean it’s not coming from the heart, but it also doesn’t mean that they are being completely honest. They can turn around to someone else and say the total opposite of what they said to you. But if they weren’t being respectful by actions, then they wouldn’t waste their time doing it.

    Everyone deserves respect not just a few people. You shouldn’t judge someone by their past on things they’ve said or done, there comes a time where you get over it. We all make mistakes, but I do feel that there is a limit, and if one is not giving you respect and it is continuous there is a time to just ignore it and not do or say anything at all.