Reconsiderng the Curriculum #1

Pedagogical Painting Precedent #1 (JOY)


It is summertime and I am back at work in the basement studio. Thinking, always thinking about what comes next. No work this Summer, just a lot of painting and preparation for another school year- the best one yet. I am better situating myself in the context of educational pursuit as art. I alongside my students must construct our own individual curriculum, relevant to each of our personal circumstances – an individualized education – a self constructed education. We must ask ourselves questions about what we hope to achieve – This Summer, with Peace and Joy in my mind I will paint about these things – For now and in the future, I want to be an inspirational force as well as a positive and memorable influence. This Summer I will paint everything I am out onto the canvas. All my preoccupations will be alive with me as I paint my way through the entire Summer……….AWWW YEAAAHH!!!


I like what I do in the world – I have a place that is my own and I make the most of what it is that I get to do – It’s more than contentment – It is a feeling of purpose and a sincere sense of meaning….is there anything better than that!? Near the conclusion of my ninth year of teaching – it occurs to me that I may retire as a career elementary art teacher….I say again, is there anything better than that!? There is nothing else that can top that for me. This is who I am. May I continue to grow and prosper in this pursuit and help to awaken the unique and limitless joy of learning in others. I have not felt this peaceful and at ease in far too long  – it is good to fully realize and embrace  your place in the world… I am an elementary art teacher – I always will be, this is who I am!


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Don’t think about a thing in any kind of conscious way. Just let it all unfold without hesitation or question. Pure emotion – pure sensation – a serious and exuberant kind of joy. Record the totality of being in the moment. Youthful painters stand apart from all the burdens of art histroical context. How do you begin to reaccess that unique and timeless space of being alive? No more questions  – Energy and enthusiasm in the presence of the present. Vitality is all there is – In the moment, this is all there is room for.


You don’t need to care about anything other than the moment. Everything still seems so curious and exciting to you. Like the way the colors mix and the water changes color. It all evokes such an elemental sense of awe. You are definitely in touch  with something more real than almost any other painter alive today. There is a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face. You know completely what you are doing even when you have no way of explaining it. It doesn’t matter how you hold the brush or smear the paint around. You only listen to you impulses and your instincts. You were born knowing how to play and have fun. You were wired to figure things out in the most beautiful possible way. No one can call themselves an artist anymore than you. They may know all the theories and philosophies – but you have the vital  magic of youth which lends its timeless perspective to every human endeavor.  It is all so simple and painfully complicated to begin to understand how to be a kindergarten painter.