Beauty (Courtesy of the Pre-K/Kindergarten Art Class)
Last school year, during our last few weeks of class, I interviewed the students of my Pre-K / Kindergarten Art Class. We spoke one-on-one while the other students worked on drawings, and in our conversations I asked each one various questions about “beauty.”
Because I type much more quickly than I hand-write, I used my laptop to record their answers. Some of my students took this process very seriously, watching the screen as I typed, asking me to read their answers back to them at the end of our conversation. Others were a little mystified, answering cautiously in one or two words, not sure if this was a test of some kind. But everyone had something to say.
Over the weekend before Finals Week, I made a book for our class based on their responses, pairing each page with a student’s work of art. In our final art class, we read it together. I wish you could have seen their faces as they witnessed their work and their words being celebrated, with all joy and seriousness, for the whole class to see.
I can’t show you that moment. Like the school year itself, it came and (amazingly) went. But I can show you their work. If that class period taught me anything, it’s that celebrating small things matters – whether it’s a simple painting, a complex thought, or the fact that “shoes” are the most beautiful thing a student has ever seen.