There once was an artist that was very talented,
but whose art never got recognized. He tried his hardest but no one
saw the beauty of his work. So he became an elementary art teacher to
support himself while still doing the work that he loved. One day he
paints a picture and asks a fellow teacher of the second grade class
how it looks so far before it is complete. The second grade teacher
tries to be nice, but he can tell by her reaction that she does not
like the painting.”
So after this disappointment the artist is upset and throws away his
work in the class room’s garbage. Later, he tells the class to
gather their paint supplies and start painting a scene on the paper.
While this is going on a young student sees that something is sticking
out of the garbage. He finds the artist’s art work and pulls it
out of the garbage. To the student it looks like and awesome scene of
a castle and sky. He then starts to paint it instead of his paper. He
adds watercolors to the sky creating beautiful clouds and a rainbow
color of light in the sky. He then finishes the castle and adds some
make believe characters. To finish, he adds a dragon.
Well the teacher is busy collecting the artwork and notices the boy
who took the work out of the garbage is still painting. “To be
concentrating that much he must have really took pride in his project,”
the teacher thinks. As the teacher views his artwork he sees something
that truly came straight from a creative imagination. He sees the sky,
the people, and the dragon in from of the castle. He doesn’t even
recognize it as having some of his own work. He is so inspired that
he asks if he can keep the painting a while in order to display it.
The teacher then asks were he got the idea for the painting. The student
then tells him that he pulled it out of the trash can before it got
ruined. The student tells him that it just made him see so many cool
things and he didn’t want it to be thrown away.
This causes the teacher to look at the painting again and beneath all
the shapes is some of his work that he had thrown away. He became so
happy that his work had inspired another person to create. All of this
after he had almost thrown it away. Someone had seen all of these great
things in his work. A child had seen the great things in the painting.
After all aren’t children the most creative and talented artists.
All of this caused the teacher to look at his work in a different way.
He knew that to him it was good even if other people didn’t see
the same thing. You just need to look for that special thing that makes
your painting extraordinary. And shouldn’t we look at people the
same as we do art. The teacher learned that just because you don’t
see the whole picture doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It just
takes time to develop. Think as your work as film that needs to be developed
into prints or a painting finished by an “true artist”.
-looking through child’s eyes
-never giving up
-not judging people – looking for what makes someone special
-art as seen by a true artist