That moment when your mind begins to connect the dots, when the world makes sense in a new way, you experience an epiphany! …and then you find out that someone else thought of it too.
My mind is so active when it creates art; it discovers, analyzes, anticipates, reacts, expresses, compares, contemplates, decides, reflects… …and the very experience of all this activity made me wonder why art appears as such a stagnant word.
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One night at about 4 am, I decided to go on the back deck to look at the night sky. As I looked at the trees reaching for the sky, they reminded me of my hands, reaching for help. Living with #anxiety is anything but simple, and the easiest tasks can seem challenging. This drawing was completed over a series of nights when I battled insomnia, one of anxiety's little buddies. The lines help to express the frustration that I feel while coming to terms with the way this condition affects my life. My hope is that this image brings comfort to others who find it difficult to live with any kind of mental illness or disorder. #mentalhealth #awareness
While working on the drawing shown above, I shared my ‘epiphany’ with the world…
“Art is a verb”
…on Twitter and Facebook.
Then I happened to read Erik Wahl’s post, which was much more eloquent than my own:
In all honesty, I’m glad my drawing turned out the way I hoped it would, but it is only secondary compared to the thought process behind it. This is why it is critical to make learning visible in the classroom, to provide multiple ways that we can collect evidence of student thinking. It is our responsibility as educators to assess knowledge and to recognize progress — to realize the connections that our students are making.