Sean’s kindergarten teacher called me on Sunday night to ask if I would be the art teacher this week at school. I was thrilled when she asked because I have been chomping at the bit to use my hard earned, but mostly useless, degree in art.
When I think of all the time, money and effort I invested in my degree, I remind myself that education is never a waste. I tell myself that for me, education was about enlightenment more so than employment. Which is good, because that’s pretty much how it has worked out. In the ten years since my graduation I have on many occasions been enlightened but have yet to be employed.
As Mrs. D. worked her way toward asking if I would help out, I was mentally planning my lesson: I would start out with color theory, maybe introduce perspective drawing combined with a brief survey of Classical Greek and Roman art and then….
“I was thinking we could decorate small pumpkins,” she said, “Have the kids paint faces on them, maybe glue on some google eyes….”
“Yes!” I said, “That’s exactly what I was thinking!”
Okay, so we’ll skip the Greek ideals of beauty and go right for the google eyes.
I will teach those little children to glue on google eyes using the Greek ideals of beauty. Education is never a waste.
This is what you can do with or without an art degreee