Celebration: Vague Musings

Celebration: Vague Musings There's a Book for That

I feel particularly blessed that my new school has an Art and Discovery Studio. It also has an Artist in Residence who comes in twice a week to support the students in discovering the art in themselves and the beauty in their world. This studio is the vision of Maggie (the artist) and Colleen (a teacher at our school) and it is an absolute gift to all of us.

Attending the sessions with Maggie, I learn as my students learn. I learn by watching students work, listening to Maggie’s guiding words and observing the introspective quiet in really looking and appreciating.

Celebration: Vague Musings There's a Book for That

“What is beautiful to you?” “What do you notice?” “What story do you want to tell in your art?” These are the questions Maggie asks.

“Play.” “Let it be messy.” “Delight in what you might find.” “There is no right. There is no perfect.” These are the permissions she offers.

Celebration: Vague Musings There's a Book for That

I know I see beauty in the natural world. Colour, contrast, change intrigue me.

Celebration: Vague Musings There's a Book for That

I am influenced by the bold and bright of fall’s changing colours and the minute detail of the lines in a fading bloom.

Celebration: Vague Musings There's a Book for That

What story is inside? What truth? What consistency?

Here it is harder to see. Lines are blurry. We can’t rely on our senses. We must trust out gut. Learn to be still and focus on the parts that speak loudest. Dig deep through the superfluous distractions. Prepare to be both surprised and comforted by what is found.

Celebration: Vague Musings There's a Book for That

This week, I celebrate that I did go looking. That I think I found some things. Remembered them more than discovered. Felt reminded. Trusted in knowing.

In a new place, it is easy to forget who we are. It is tempting to doubt that it matters. Feeling misunderstood and a little lost and turned around happen quickly.

What is beautiful to you?

What do you notice?

What story do you want to tell?

These questions I hold close right now as I give myself time to know. Permission to be. License to struggle.

Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community!

Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.

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20 thoughts on “Celebration: Vague Musings

  1. I sometimes felt art was the added part of learning that we did well at my school. I enhances the learning through looking, and looking well, just as you’ve written, Carrie. How wonderful that you and your students have such a great art teacher to help that noticing. Love seeing what’s going on in your teacher life and in your own life. Thanks!

  2. The line, “What story do you want to tell in your art?” really got me. How so very lucky for your students (and you!) to have the opportunity to work with an artist as a mentor. Your words remind me how so very intertwined all creative endeavours are, each nurturing the other. I hope you have a great week, Carrie!

  3. Loved this celebration. Loved the pace, the voice, the mood, the questions. I wished to be there in person, to experience what your students and you experience.

  4. What story is inside? What truth? What consistency? These questions are the lenses through which to see (or attempt to see) truth. What a wonderful school to offer such a program!

  5. Love your conclusion, “I give myself time to know. Permission to be. License to struggle.” We all need this permission and it takes a creative heart to open up to the possibilities and the discomfort of not knowing. I want to take that art class, too.

  6. How wonderful. I sometimes fear that the arts are slowly disappearing from our schools and our classrooms, so it’s inspiring to see young ones exploring, learning and growing through art. I wish all schools had an Artist in Residence – what a great way to highlight the importance of art, and to reinforce the idea that art is worthwhile and has value in and of itself.

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