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Lesson Plans


re: childhood experience

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Tue, 29 Jun 1999 12:16:49 -0400


I don't remember much about elementary and middle school art experiences.
However, I was talking to my mother recently about all of this and she
vividly remembers going to art show after art show seeing my artwork. Funny
how I can't remember that! I didn't really feel like an "artist" until I got
to high school and my teacher gave me the inspiration and great push that I
needed to actually keep drawing. I remember that she wore butterflies on her
shoulder or birds or whatever she felt like it and she called us her
"cherubs". She was both crazy and fantastic and she went to MassArt...which
was where I ended up ..in fact because of her determination to help me get
there..she even took the photos of my work for my entrance portfolio. What a
wonderful woman! Through the years I have gone back and visited and she
always remembers me and my experiemnt with "alizarin crimson" oil paint. She
kept telling me a dab is enough...and if you keep adding..everything will
surely turn into alizarin crimson...and sure enough she was right! What a
painting I ended up with! A few years ago I went back and visited and she
even offered me her old kiln if I wanted it...unfortunately I don't have the
space. I thank god that I met her and she gave me the direction I needed, I
try to remember that and give that same encouragement to my students..if not
for her and her crazy butterflies I'd probably be a psychologist! Steph