How to explain what the kids do in art class, and why it is important?
How to explain that adding vocabulary to the physical act of perceiving changes looking into seeing?
That tickling the brain with funny words can make kids more curious about the world around them?
That just learning to put on their own art smock is a major accomplishment?
That tigers have stripes, leopards have spots, kids wear plaid shorts, and lions don't?
That if your eye looks down through the toilet paper tube you will see the tiger finger puppet and a spiral?
But if you squint a bit and use your imagination you might find yourself in a dark cave with your Neanderthal boyfriend while a saber tooth tiger paces outside? Have a Clan of the Cave Bear moment maybe...
Tyger tyger, burning bright,
in the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
© 2012 Nancy L. Ruder