He had said he didn’t remember doing the project. Yet when he walked into the gallery, with his mom, dad, and brothers trailing behind, he led them straight to his work. He posed for photos on his own, with his brothers, and finally with the whole family. In his hands, he tightly clasped the sketchbook and pencil he had received from the museum. He checked out the pieces by three of his classmates and pointed them out to his family. He chatted nervously with the teachers who came to share the special occasion, unaccustomed to being with them outside of school. He never stopped smiling.
Mom and Dad looked dazed by it all. Their eyes and proud smiles stayed fixed on their son. When the accomplishment was understood better after translation into Spanish- statewide art competition, top 20 on display- they never stopped smiling, eyes on their son.
Sunday, I attended a reception at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in honor of student artists and writers who were finalists in the “Inspired by Matisse” school competitions. Four students from our school were in the top twenty! It was a proud day for the students and their families- and their teachers!