and I bet/ and you exploded into my heart

by Amy Turn Sharp



All the talk of art yesterday made me realize that it was time for a new art lesson for master Finn. I have been making a list of all the places I want to take the boys. I want to be the first to show them things. I want to cover their eyes next year and then say, "open" and the Eiffel Tower will be there. I want to show them the London Bridge and the Grand Canyon and point with my finger to the ocean for Blaise like I did with Finn. I want to see the wonder fly across their eyes. I think this is one of the true joys of parenthood- the unlocking of the world's treasures.

Anyhoo, we talked about art and I remembered a lesson plan we did with the after school program over at Sawyer Recreation Center. Each year we studied different artists and the lesson plans were always unique and engaging. When we studied Michelangelo we made our own fresco's on the bottom of art room tables. We would set the kids up with paper taped on the underside of the tables and give them supplies. We would pass around images of the Sistine Chapel and then we would have them lie under the table as we told the story of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. We asked them to think about painting the same painting for four years! The kids were then asked to create their own masterpiece under the table. It was always a great lesson as paint would drip in their eyes and they would equally complain and praise the lesson. It was always a favorite.

Today Finn and Blaise and I did a small scale Sistine Chapel art lesson. Just as suspected Finnian loved it but said his arms ached after about two fresco's. He was shocked when I told him about the four years it took Michelangelo to create the Sistine chapel art. He made that funny perfect circle with his mouth. I wonder what four years means inside of his head?
T.S.Eliot wrote

Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons

What about you Finn?
crayons?
fruit snacks?
kisses from mama?

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