My husband and I teach art to a group of inner city kids… but that’s not really what we do.
We do not have a traditional class where we see the same students every week.. sitting in designated places, teaching them a new lesson each week designed to progressively improve their drawing skills.
There are so many children.
Our class is growing constantly because we keep the door wide open.
I suppose I could simply shut the door and keep the size of the class to something more manageable..
But I would rather embrace the chaos than exclude a single child from the experience of making art.
So we squeeze together at the tables with our elbows bumping
passing out paper to anyone who joins us
sharing pencils, markers and crayons
drawing and talking together..
We may not be following a specific lesson plan
but these children are learning that when they want to express themselves
the door to art is always open.