A Story from Jack Lovell, a kindred Patron. Censorship and the Imagination.

Thank you Jack Lovell for sharing one of your earliest memories in art. So often, I hear of teachers and instructors thwarting the spirits of their students by limiting their options whilst not encouraging new perspectives on seeing. Sometimes in life, our options are limited and we must get by by doing the best we can with what we've got. If Picasso had been told at the age of 6 that the color blue was not an acceptable skin tone in art, then we might never have experienced his magnificent "Blue Period". That would have been an atrocious act against culture as we know it. 


Here is Jack's story-

  

"40 some years ago in kindergarten, I was given a picture of George Washington to color in. Blue jacket. Red tie. And a whole bunch of white shirted, white haired, white Presidents on white paper. George Washington wasn't even cracking a smile to give me a chance to make his wooden teeth brown. There i sat; 6 unused crayons burning a hole in my pencil box. So i colored him in with my yellow crayon. The teacher asked if I knew George Washington was not yellow. I said I knew. She asked why i colored him yellow. I said it was because I was a fast colorer and had extra time to finish coloring and yellow was the closest color I had. She asked if I wanted to do it over again. I did not care to do so. When the pictures were hung at the end of the day, Jaundiced George was not displayed. While it is too late for me, I found these (Multicultural Crayons. 8 colors. Apricot, White, Tan, Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Peach, Mahogany, and Black. 33 packs.) and will donate them during our upcoming drive for school supplies. All the colors from Washington to Obama. No teacher will get the chance to crush the artistic temperament of this class."


Thank you Jack. And thank you for encouraging children and their imaginations by enabling them. 


Laurene


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