Just pulled together an Amelia Earhart costume for Leah’s Wax Museum project at school. Each kid could pick a famous person to be in the Wax Museum and we have to come up with her costume. I think the other classes walking through the museum can ask the “wax” figures who they are and why they’re famous. It’s hard to get all the information from an eight year old who really just wants to play with her My Little Pony stuff. Nevertheless, I think this quickie costume will work for her thing tomorrow.
Which brings me to our daily art challenge: elementary school. What is a favorite elementary school memory? Or perhaps the sharpest memory of those days…
My favorite teacher was Mrs. Schrotenboer. My favorite subject was art-naturally. Recess was spent sledding down the huge hill we had behind the school.
My most vivid memory was getting stuck in a very deep ditch on the way to school in our bus. We were stuck a long time with no heat. Our bus driver, Mr. Breuker, had us stand in the aisle and jump up and down and stamp our feet to keep warm. He couldn’t run the heater because the back end of the bus was wedged firmly into the ditch. We had to hold onto the seats to keep from falling backward, as the front of the bus was stuck up in the air at a very steep angle.
Eventually another bus came and we were carried off ours. It was weird being passed to several people so we didn’t fall into the rushing water beneath us. We all made it onto the rescue bus without falling into the creek. Not that there were many of us on the bus when we got stuck. I was the second kid picked up in the morning and we were two miles from my house. So maybe 6 to 8 kids stuck in the ditch without heat for four hours. And why on earth didn’t we wait in Connie’s house? We were stuck a very short distance from there-we certainly could have waited in her garage if her mom didn’t want us in the house. That would have been warmer than in the bus in the ditch with the wind whipping around us…
This is what I remember clearly: When we arrived at school, it was just letting out for recess. We were sent outside with everybody else. For the longest recess of the day after we’d been stuck in freezing temperatures without heat for at least four hours.
I mean, seriously? We’re lucky we didn’t lose toes and fingers because of this debacle. What were those idiots thinking? I can tell you-they didn’t want to give up their break to sit with some frozen kids. We never had adults on the playground-they were all taking their break while we had recess. We were actually locked out of the school. If there was an emergency, we had to pound on the doors until somebody heard us. Plenty of times a kid was bleeding from a fall and was stuck outside until a teacher bothered to check what all the pounding was about.
That’s my most vivid memory of elementary school.
What’s yours? Is it a good memory like a fantastic field trip or a bad memory like throwing up all over your desk in class? Remember, these are supposed to be lighthearted and fun challenges. Just relax and use them as a chance to do something different in your art practice. Nothing to heavy or taxing, just relaxation and fun.
You can use an image, journaling, colors, textures, a title, anything you want to make for the challenge is fine. You might like to try paper dolls or writing your story. Use your imagination and explore the artistic possibilities.