|Red Velvet and Chocolate Cake to celebrate - delicious!|
Kindergartner stops in the hallway as I'm passing and asks, "Why do you paint on the walls?"
Me: "Well, ...because it's fun."
Kindergartner, with a worried tone responds, "Are you allowed to?"
Me: "Yes, I got permission."
Kindergartner, adding doubtfully, "OK."
If I'm totally honest in answering the first question, "fun" plays only a small role in why I muralize wall real estate. Besides growing my students' artistic skills, the main reason I keep painting our walls is because art has the power to make us think and question. It has the power to affect the way we perceive public and private spaces.
Since I'm a quiet person, visual art is the voice I use to encourage and lift the spirits of my school community. It's gratifying that the rather dull hike down the hallway formerly dubbed "the tunnel," is now an inviting walk towards the newly christened "crossroads".
Heartfelt thanks go to my art club kids who helped transform our space with their time and talents, and to a supportive administration who really does allow us to color on the walls.