Art Class Faux Pas Becomes Positive Impetus

From river's edge in Nyack/Courtesy of Spence Rosman

From river’s edge in Nyack/Courtesy of Spence Rosman

Caught cheating. In 7th-grade art class. The teacher walked to where I sat — the room was large and spacious, and our chairs were high stools at high tables — and frowned. “You’re supposed to draw that, not trace it,” she said, indicating the round pencil holder next to my hand.

Little did she know how she affected me. I felt embarrassed to say the least. However, several years later I took typing; my fingers flew at up to 70 words per minute. On a manual typewriter. Effort involved. Personal achievement.

She passed me with a C and saved me from repeating the class in September. There was no art in 8th grade. The next time I faced it was in college, and this time, I didn’t have to draw or paint or trace. I opted for art history.

Bright colors contrasting the blue sky/© Janie Rosman 2014

Bright colors contrasting the blue sky/© Janie Rosman 2014

My friend Patti and I sat in a middle row and stared at zillions of slides zipping past us on the screen. “In other words,” our professor, Dr. (name omitted on purpose) said. Her favorite phrase was, “In other words,” which meant she was going to say it differently in case we didn’t understand it the first time.

Thing is, I did get it — in class. When I left her room, it went out the other ear. She had a doctorate in art history degree. I was in more trouble than I thought.

So Patti, who either knew about art or could memorize well, got a B the first semester. Again, I narrowly passed, and the second semester, too. I enjoy art and visit museums. It fascinates me. Not my forte. Yes, I traced a pencil holder.

Fluffy clouds painted onto a blue sky/© Janie Rosman 2014

Fluffy clouds painted onto a blue sky/© Janie Rosman 2014

My art is created with words. Same photos I posted at other times, different captions. The project is colorful: construction machinery, the bridge, and most definitely the river, sky and landscape. That’s one way I see it.

How do you see it? Have a favorite bridge memory? Create your vision and enter it in the New NY Bridge’s 2014 Bridge Art Show. Best of luck to all who participate!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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