On a whim, I stopped today to take a picture to share with you all. I've been passing it for years now and I'm still not sure what it means! (Like the shadow of my hands taking the picture?? That's art right there. Ugh.)
Anyway, we had to drive by the sign on the way to the art show, which was lovely. Both children were very excited to see their art hanging on the wall in a real museum, and probably equally excited to see the cookies and punch at the refreshment table! Go figure.
On the way out, I stopped to chat with the kids' art teacher, and mentioned that I was a little surprised at Thing One's selection for the show (or at least, that I had been until I got a good look at his piece, which was amazing. The color and detail were just stunning.) Her comment to me was that I needed to see the piece he just finished in class: apparently it is wonderful as well. She went on to say that in the past, his work has been hurried and a bit careless, but that this year he has seemed better able to focus for her.
Focus is a key word for him, since he is borderline ADD. He has struggled so mightily to keep his brain on track, and things have been much better in fifth grade than they were in fourth. But since we never discussed that with the art teacher, having her home in on his increased ability to focus as the reason for his startling artistic progression was absolutely a gift, a reinforcement that we are on the right track with what we are doing with him. Made my day.