This allows my classes and I to get feedback from the artists we study, too. We have gotten letters and emails from artists that share stories, processes, and words of encouragement to the kids. This connection is cool enough, but sometimes the artists even send prints and artwork our way! These pieces are hung in the room and many are used as rewards for good behavior. Zamo does a "caught you being good" thing, where kids earn tickets that go into a prize drawing in the individual classrooms and schoolwide. I do it in my classroom after each school rotation I complete. Students that have their names drawn can pick any poster that artists have donated.
The other day, I came home to a very cool package waiting for me from Thom Pastrano. Thom is an amazing artist who has created, among many cool things, a series of abstract Sesame Street character inspired artworks. I have done a couple projects inspired by his work. I'm actually just wrapping up an article to submit based on them:)
Anywho, in the packages were the below prints. Signed and numbered to boot. I can't wait to see what kids are going to be able to choose these as rewards for rocking it in the art room. I am thankful and humbled that Thom and so many other artists reach out to us in any way.
I'm not a spiritual person, but I do feel blessed to work where I do and all the connections I have made with kids, parents, teachers, and artists that have come from my time in this place, on this path.