Going to college and getting a degree is one way of pursuing a dream and as an art education major it seems like my dream is pretty obvious but I do not want to just teach my students about art. I want to inspire my students and make a difference in their lives. I want to show students that art can open doors in their lives, whether it be to build their self-esteem up or be a way of letting out their emotions. When I was in grade school the art room was always my favorite place to be. The art room was a place where I felt confident and a lot of that was not only due to my talents but to the art teachers I had.
My concept is about my dream to make a difference. A lot of people in the school system do not see the art teacher as important but in a lot of cases the art teacher can be the reason that a student does not drop out of school. When I began to think about this as a concept it reminded me of a short story I heard one time and I think it ties into my concept really well. So to push my concept forward I will use this story and my dream of making a difference as an art teacher to create paintings on free standing French doors. I think that using two free-standing doors as a drawing surface will really help to push my concept forward even more. The doors will have a frame, they will be free-standing, and we will be able to open and close them.
The Starfish Story: You Can Make a Difference
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
On the front side of the doors when closed there will be a painted scene of thousands of starfish (symbolizing students) washed up on a beach, this is supposed to be overwhelming to the viewer making you want to step back from it to view it. On the back of the doors will be a painting of the silhouette of a person (me/art teacher) throwing the starfish back into the ocean one at a time.