The Suitcase Lady


March 4, 2014, 9:15 pm

“I don’t think we’re going to see many bright colors outside for about three months,” I remarked to my art students after they returned from winter break. We were already deeply into winter with gray skies, dirty snowbanks and the total lack of the color green.

“So we will be looking at art from the Caribbean Islands and Africa for our inspiration,” I continued. “If we can’t have bright colors and flowers outside, we will create our own inside.” Our subject matter revolved around vividly painted Caribbean buses, Spiderman Anancy stories from both Africa and the islands, colorful market days and African patterns and animals.

I had my younger students try balancing a basket of fake oranges, bananas and a toy chicken on their heads to get the feel of bringing home the groceries Caribbean style. As they were attempting this feat, the school’s young principal walked through the classroom door.  We invited her to give it a try. She made it across the entire room with total grace and the full basket on her head.

To celebrate Youth Art Month and the fact that flowers are blooming somewhere on the planet, we present this virtual gallery of our art. Happy viewing! Click here for a video version.

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