Posted September 30, 2019 09:25:18 The first day of school is an awkward time for a new kid, and the school’s new headmistress has just started to talk about art.
But the young student has a gift for storytelling, and he can’t seem to keep it down.
So his teacher, a teacher of a new kind, has the best of intentions when she says she wants to show him something that will help him keep his spirits up.
“It’s a new art form, but the world is not what it used to be,” said the new headmaster, Kamala Harris.
“He’s been taught about it for years.
So when he came in, I asked him, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?'”
Kamala Harrios story begins in New Zealand.
A woman with a passion for painting, she moved to the small city of Wellington in 2009 and started painting her house.
She is now a part-time teacher in a public school in the city.
The school’s artistic director, Karen Gaffney, said the student is a natural at storytelling, even though his artistic skills were limited.
“The only way he can tell his story is to have a good story,” she said.
“That’s what’s exciting for him.
It’s the same for every other child who goes through school.”
Kamla’s story, she said, is about the value of storytelling and the importance of learning new things.
“In the first couple of years we had him in the class, we had no art history class, but we had a few of his favourite stories,” Gaffneys said.
Her first assignment was to teach a group of children about art history, and she found herself drawn to the idea of telling stories in a classroom.
“I thought, what if we gave him the chance to be in a class with a real teacher, so he could have the opportunity to explore what it means to be a teacher?”
“It was just such a chance to explore that in a very meaningful way, and to give him a real opportunity to have an artistic perspective.”
Kelvin and Kamala, from Wellington, New Zealand, who are learning about art, paint on a wall in their home in this file photo.
Source September 29, 2019 15:30:50The art teacher at Kamala’s school has been trying to get the student to keep his creative juices flowing.
But there is one obstacle in his way.
When the teacher asks him a question, the student’s face is hard to read.
So, she has the students paint the words on a piece of paper.
Then the student says: “So what’s this all about?”
The teacher is stunned.
Kamalas eyes widen.
“This is my job,” she says, “to tell you what’s going on in the classroom.”KAMALAS STORYThis is the first in a series of stories by Kamala in The Wall St Journal about learning and teaching in an art-rich classroom.