He Must Get it From Auntie!
In all of the excitement of the end of the school year, the big party and Christy’s visit, I neglected to mention my favorite moment of last week! There I was just minding my own business at the “Celebration of Student Successes” Ceremony at Jack’s school when Mrs. Tiedt, the art teacher, got up to announce the Clayton Art Award recipient. She opened up her little speech by talking about how glad she was that Clayton School celebrated “art smarts” in addition to “academic smarts.” As a big supporter of the arts, I found myself just nodding along. She also talked about the importance of encouraging kids to explore their artistic side. Again, more nodding. She talked about how hard it was to choose just one winner each year from then entire year. Nod, nod. Then she said the winner of this year’s Clayton Art Award was JACK TERLAP! Holy Cow! My Jack Terlap?!? She said she loved Jack’s interpretation of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting. I was pretty stunned, so I can’t remember the rest. I do remember that she had to tell Jack to come on up to get his award (I think he was stunned, too!). Jack’s piece will be professionally framed and a little brass plaque will be put on it with his name and the year. His picture will hang for a year in Mrs. Benson’s (the principal) office. After one year, it will move to the Clayton “Wall of Fame” to hang forever. Future Clayton Cougars will walk by Jack’s art on their way to lunch each day. How cool is that?
I’ve got to tell you, I am so happy for Jack. He loves art: painting, drawing, creating. I know this award means a whole big bunch to him. I hope he keeps his creative side alive throughout his lifetime.
I also hope he can recreate those sunflowers, because I’d sure like to hang them in my office, too! : )
Have a creative day!