When my kids were little, I loved having the chance
to recreate some of my favorite projects with them.
Ben's Version ~ 30 years later ~ 1997
Many thanks to my friend and former Philly neighbor,
artist Robin Gresham - Chin for reminding me of the
joys of grade school art and physical education.
Awhile back on facebook, Robin
asked a most intriguing question:
"What is your first memory of making art?"
Her prompt yielded so many inspiring revelations
and vivid memories, all so creative and nostalgic!
For me, the moment that came to my mind:
Around age 5 (1962), I asked my mom if
I could have the lint from the dryer screen
to use for creating a snow scene in a shoebox.
I wish I could remember how that project
turned out, but, alas, no evidence survives!
From my earliest days, I enjoyed art class about a thousand
times more than I did P.E. However, I loved Robin's post
about the President's Physical Fitness Test and -- even
better -- my favorite gym class sing-along "Chicken Fat"!
"Chicken Fat" was another one of those memories that I
wanted to re-live with my children because it had given
me so much mirth in my own youth, so in the 1990's we
found it on a CD to play in the car while running errands!
First Place? You've gotta be kidding!
My only memories are of failure and humiliation
I didn't even remember that I had all this "Play Day"
memorabilia -- just happened to come across when
searching through my old notebooks for saved art.
More Childhood Art:
Don't Shoot My Pig
All Souls ~ Sam's Goblin
O Christmas Tree
Watercolor by Ben McCartney, age 8 ~ 1998