Okay, I will get back to quilting or Japan or something someday but I hope you'll let me indulge in a little bragging.
When Leiya went to the States two years ago we were really concerned about whether she'd be able to keep up with the school work, but her school counselor suggested that she take some basic art classes just so that she wouldn't always be drowned in academics. Leiya had had an interest in graffiti as art and had always scribbled on her books and notebooks but none of us considered it "art". She signed up for general art during her first semester of high school.
Occasionally during the past two years Leiya would write about her art classes and about how she was branching into different genres of art but we didn't know until she came back this week, how specialized her art classes were. I think that high school art classes in Japan are teaching "Draw something you like. Draw some scenery. Draw an animal." type of art classes. (I don't really know for sure.) But I don't think the kids are taught techniques. What I'm getting at is that we are amazed at how specialized Leiya's art classes in American high school have been! "What?! You drew this? How?" and Leiya tries to get us to understand how she is taught in her perspectives class, her negative space class, her fracture space class etc. It sounds to me like she's an art major in an art school! She gone from drawing classes to different types of ceramics classes and even photography and developing classes. What a great high school and Leiya's love of art has grown. Her dedication has paid off and she won some awards within her high school this past year and was even invited to exhibit one of her drawings at the Ohio Capital Conference exhibit. I know she loves art, but I'm sure that studying under the skillful teaching of the art teachers has developed her talent.
Right now Leiya is trying to decide if she should go on studying art in college or go into some other field. She realizes that art may not be the most practical way to make a living so she wonders if she should prepare for the world in some other way. She has interests in international affairs, care-work, education, but for now her passion is for art and she has less than a year to decide on college.
- Thrown Vessel - Wind Full of Petals
- Pen and Ink Drawing - Close-up of Object Study
- Pen and Ink - Negative Space Drawing
- Pen and Ink - Drawing in Perspective