Friday Two Cents: A Simple Pleasure


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If many of you may not know, I love to draw and create artwork. Yet these past few weeks and months I have been preoccupied with schoolwork and I have not been able to create anything or even just draw for fun. It is particularly difficult because usually around this time I would offer a drawing club/class to the students at the school I work in. In it I would teach them how to draw cartoon and comic book characters. But alas other responsibilities have averted my attention elsewhere.

However today I was able to bring that joy to the students at least for a brief moment. I was able to show the students of the older grades the technic of drawing a human face. It is not the simple circle with two circles for eyes, a triangle nose and a mouth. No, we drew the face in the same style way they use for comic books, which produce a more realistic rendering.

That experience with the students was great but at the end of the day I had another experience with a different group of students. They were the younger primary students and we were doing quiet activities and they wanted to draw. They knew I also love to draw and we began drawing together. These children are still obsessed with Frozen and the princesses Anna and Elsa. They knew I can draw well and two students asked if I could draw Anna and Elsa so they can colour it. I usually tell them to draw it themselves, but they wanted something similar to the cartoon to colour. It wasn’t a lesson time, just a simple quiet free time so I obliged them and drew the two princesses.

Anna & Elsa

Anna & Elsa

There enthusiasm was so uplifting that I could not help but feel excited with them. They talked and enjoyed me drawing the scene. More students gathered around us and they all asked who was going to get that drawing because they all wanted to colour it. So I asked, “What if I photocopied it and gave you all a copy to colour. Do you all like that idea?” Well they were excited by that notion and said an excited “Yes”. Once I was done and came back with the copies, their excitement level doubled. They all wanted one and they could not wait to start colouring.

I have to tell you I felt great. Not just because I was able to draw and create what I love to do but to experience that joy and excitement the drawing brought to a group of students … children. Amazing that something as simple as a drawing, that took me five to ten minutes to create, could make them so happy, but in turn make me feel happy just from their sheer enjoyment of it.

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