Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Monet's Garden


Since I'm on a Nicholas kick, here's another "it doesn't get much better than this."

Monday night his Mason Elementary School had a Monet's Garden art show for the K-5 grades. It didn't take long to figure out that each grade had the same theme for its picture but you saw each child's own creativity at work with the "ingredients" provided. Variations on a theme. Hmm. Wonder what Monet would think of that?

But the fun, of course, was the presentation! There were myriad panels set up all over the cafeteria and you actually had to search for your child's piece, or, as we did, ask for the grid location. As they say, Presentation is Everything! And not just for the kids. It really made you feel like you were in an art gallery. Amy was able to buy the framed original (only parents or designated others could do so). Then the rest of us got to buy reproductions :)

Okay. So someone has found a great way to make a buck! All power to them because it worked for all us gluttons, popping our buttons over our own budding Monet's. Talk about Art Appreciation. It really doesn't get better than this!


The Shadow, by Nicholas, (K), 2006

25 comments:

  1. What a great picture of Nicholas holding his picture, Mom! A funny side story about this picture . . . I asked him if he was the one to name his picture "The Shadow". He seemed confused and eventually said, "No." So I asked him if he knew why "they" named it that way. Again, he was confused and wanted to know who "they" were. He then got frustrated and said, "It's MY fish and I can call it whatever I want!" You can't argue with that!

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  2. Ruth: I know; I know!

    Amy: You already told me this story once but I'm splitting a gasket again over it. So cute.

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  3. What a cute boy he is!! When I saw picture of Nicholas, my heart beat fast. :)
    Oh, If I was young a little more,,, a little...litt..le?  Haha!!
    And, what a great picture it is!
    I LOVE Nicholas’ picture better than “Red Fish” of Matisse.
    Will he become an artist in the future?
    Or, become a professional bowler? ;)

    Sincerely
    Nori

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  4. his work is amazing! I hope the money goes to the school though...

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  5. In response to Expat's comment, yes, a percentage of the sales goes directly to his school's art department! :-)

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  6. Nori: You're priceless!

    ET: Good question.

    Amy: Good answer. Glad to hear it!

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  7. Now that is one beautiful picture! And look at how proud he is. I think children's are work is the best thing going.

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  8. Nicholas is so cute. And what a masterpiece he did!

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  9. Being a Pisces I adore that work of art!

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  10. The artwork is spectacular. Such a piece would adorn the gallery of honor here in Aachen. But the smile, now *that* is a masterpiece. Glad you captured it and shared Ms. Ginnie.

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  11. That picture is wonderful! I'm digging the colors.

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  12. Christina: I keep saying "You have to start somewhere!" How do we know which one of these things he'll take off on and really excel at?! Let's hope and pray our schools will continue to have art and music programs!!

    CS: Yes, indeed. G'mas get to agree :)

    TO: Ahh. A Pisces amongst us! Yes, you would like that piece of art.

    Lisa: The smile, of course, is definitely the "work of art." I was so glad it turned out so big :)

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  13. Dixie: I love the colors, too! Thanks.

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  14. That is the best photo of Nicholas yet...and they're all good. What a heart-melting smile he has!! And a great work of art...worth every penny :)

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  15. What a great picture and an awesome idea. And I don't think I could draw anything even half that good.

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  16. WOW, the piece of art Nicholas created is amazing! I completely understand his confusion about the strange naming "they" did with HIS picture! Good luck for your artistic career, Nicholas!

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  17. I really like the fish garden Nicholas made. Very nice and lively colours. I hope two he will have more opportunities to make such nice artworks

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  18. DW: I agree on that photo! He definitely melts MY heart, as you know :)

    Mr. Fab: HA. Guess we could all learn something from him :)

    KPK: Awww. How sweet. I still laugh about his reaction to Amy's question.

    Mei: Me, too! For all the stuff he brings home from school, he's definitely allowed his creativity!

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  19. That is neat! And I especially like the picture of Nicholas holding his art work. A great job by Nicholas and a great camera shot by you.

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  20. Thanks, Tim. I know how much you value these times in your own life with your nieces.

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  21. That's really sweet!
    And awesome that the school realizes the importance of art.

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  22. If I see well, he did that masterpiece with paper cuts. Strange they call that a Monet's Garden art show, because that reminds me of Matisse collage. I specially love the bottom fish that is kind of sneeking behind the waterplant!

    And he is totally adorable with his missing teeth... :O)

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  23. You have good eyes, Clo, because you are correct--paper cutouts glued on. I think the bottom fish must be the Shadow :)

    I, too, love his missing tooth--even though from an accident last year. They had to pull it out. But the others will come out soon enough.

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