Sunday, 9 September 2012

A new term & back to school

Shiny and bright sparkly new materials for a new term of learning and experimenting
As a child the new school term heralded exciting times to learn new skills and gain knowledge. Aside from the activity inside the classroom there was the excitement of new friends to be made and games to be played out in the playground.

It seems to me that there are a lot of similarities between life now and life back then. Every time we pick up pencil or brush we are adding to the knowledge, experience and skills that started during those first days of school, which were filled with concentration, making tentative marks on paper. At break times I am catching up with friends in the real and those friends made in the blogging playground - it's really not so different.

A parcel of new materials for a new term of work has arrived, the smell of the new pencils took me right back to the little wooden hut of my reception class taught by Mrs Hockey. Then Mrs Romeril whose love of art and nature was infectious. Fast forward to the art room of Mr Bailey my first art teacher who opened the door to a whole new and exciting world. Good teachers stay with you forever and I was very lucky to have never had a bad one.

manky old tubes and scruffy brushes facing retirement
These were the empty tubes and tired brushes left from a 'term' of working. The two brushes on the left were my favourite scruffies but are now in need of retirement. The other five are well into their scruffy phase and will last another year for scrubby jobs.

Looking at this replacement order of paint I can see that I have painted a lot of blue recently! I bought the daisy palette at a charity shop it was in a stack of the kind of dishes used for party nibbles! What a piece of luck.

Do you look forward to a new 'term'? What do you do to prepare? Which teachers have stayed with you?


Bruce Sherman said...

Your "new term" post floods back many pleasant memories to me personally Lisa. Having stood at the front... and sat in the class... no matter the position... there was always that feeling of "New"... anticipation... beginnings... friends... adventures and discoveries!

A great post. I look forward to the fall term... front and centre... at the Seaside Studio!

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,

RH Carpenter said...

You made me think of my granddaughter and all I can share with her about art! I'm taking some new supplies over to her tomorrow and we're going to paint together. She is lucky to have art teachers - I never had that in my school - but I can always share my love of drawing and painting and hope it lights a fire in her, too :) New supplies are always fun!

Judy said...

Makes me want to order new supplies too! What a great find, that lovely daisy palette! Have fun painting with your new supplies!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

So glad I brought you good memories Bruce. A new term brings exciting times....

Rhonda your granddaughter is a lucky lady to have you to teach her! You are going to have such fun. I wish I was a fly on the wall :o)

Thank you Judy, I have been up to my elbows in paint all morning and looking forward to carrying on this afternoon. I think you should treat yourself ;o)