The day I realized it was okay to go crazy for art.
So...I love art history. Love it.
When I go to museums and galleries, I literally want to jump for joy, pump my fists in the air, clap...just express my love for art. And I never did. I always kept that inkling to run and do a cartwheel to myself. Until a little over a year ago.
I was selected to attend the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art workshop in DC...I think it was 2009?...anyway, side note, teachers- look at this link, they select about thirty art teachers from across the nation for this, it is A-MA-ZING...
Ok, back on topic...excited about art...so one perk for me was that my friend Lauren lives near DC so we got to spend some time together when I wasn't in my workshops. One of the the things we did? Visit the National Gallery of Art.
And, I guess I couldn't hold it in any longer. I started doing jumps. Actin' silly. Just trying to express how excited I was to be around all of this art history. Lauren commented that it was the most fun she had ever had at an art museum. It was for me too!
So I kept that memory in my back pocket...til I went to Minnesota last year...and saw Claes Oldenburg's 'Spoonbridge'. And...I just had to...leap. (pic is in the slideshow) John was there and took the picture....then again on my recent trip to Chicago, I felt compelled to do the same thing. Only...I was by myself. So I took my pictures. It was fun. I did get a few folks to take pics for me, and it was just...fun.
Here is my idea. I teach in a rural area. Many of my students have not ever been to a gallery or art museum. Now, I am a grant writin' diva, but I can't always secure funds for field trips, and certainly not for all of my students. When I show art and talk about artists with their lessons sometimes it is hard to make that connection because they don't always have the prior knowledge.
So what if they saw the same artwork...and their art teacher was in front of it, lookin' all silly? Or excited? Yes m'am.