How much of what your elementary school teachers told you can you still remember now?
I went to an art elementary school where “gifted children” go develop their talents early. I took several tests at the age of 8 including watercolor, drawing and sculpture, got admitted to the school and became one of those “gifted children.” Gifted children’s curriculum include watercolor, sketching, drawing, design, calligraphy, sculpture and Chinese ink painting.
I got beaten a lot when I was in this school because I liked to talk, I liked to draw people my own way and I liked to read comic books during class. During the four -year program, there was a group exhibition every year showcasing these children’s artworks and there were prizes to be awarded. I never got any prizes. My mother sent me to extra drawing and sculpture classes and still I didn’t win anything.
When I started working on this big ink painting with a bamboo brush in my hand, magically some of what was taught in the ink painting class 18 years ago came back to me.
“Mix the light ink, then the mid tone, then the dark ink.”
“Wet the paper first for a more expansive look.”
“First add lines, then ink, then colors.”
I wonder how much of these things does any one of my classmates back then remember? The ones who always had their hair up nice, dress nice, and looked especially nice posing for the camera in front of their award winning paintings?
From all those Facebook posts and profiles, I know I’m the only one who’s still making my own art works. Not winning awards just yet. But, still in it. So, there, *itches.