The Suitcase Lady


March 15, 2011, 8:54 pm

March is Youth Art Month. All across America, teachers will be decking the walls with brilliant, joyful art created by our young people. And, as Picasso noted, all children are creative as they view the world with fresh eyes.

My career as an art educator began exactly fifty years ago, and I am as excited about teaching art now as I was then.

A spectacularly failed marriage launched my art teaching career. It was the summer before my first year in college, and I was signed up to be an art education major. I had landed a prize summer job, the assistant to an art teacher at a gigantic art summer school. The teacher was married the week before the classes began. One week into the program, she realized that her marriage had been a huge mistake and began divorce proceedings. Her life was in turmoil, and she quit the job. With hundreds of kids coming every day, my employers had no time to restart the job search. I became the art teacher. It was baptism by paint. By summer’s end, I knew with absolute certainty that teaching art was the right job for me.

Over the years, I have hung many Youth Art Month shows, but what you are about to see is a first. With technical support from my husband, I’ve created a digital gallery to celebrate YAM. Bravo to my students (K-8) at Port Catholic, Saint Marys, Lake Bluff and Saint Roberts. We were inspired by works of Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, Jean Dubuffet, Faith Ringgold, Ashley Bryan, Hundertwasser, Picasso, Australian Aboriginal artists and the Impressionists in winter. Click below to start the show, it takes about a minute to load.

Virtual Gallery

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