I teach art classes to kids during the summer from my studio. Last week I had this really talented boy Lex, take one of my camps for the first time. He just summers down here and when he and his mom came in she asked him to tell me about his “Mom Mom”. He went on to tell me she is a professor at The University of The Arts. I told him that was so cool, as it was where I received my Masters Degree in Art Ed. His mom said they knew that as they read my bio, and told me her name is Barbara Suplee.
There are maybe 3 teachers in my college past that I remember (meaning made an impact on me, I have a select memory); Michael Kendall, color theory teacher at Montclair (deceased), Susan Rodriguez, U of A and Barbara Suplee, U of A . So this was a “cool” moment, It really made my day.
Lex knew his art, styles, mediums, and that impressed me. He also shared that Mom Mom was taking him to Europe to visit Le Louvre. Nothing makes me happier than hearing that a child is being taken to any museum let alone Paris. I am going off subject but, the greatest education is found in experience not just from a history book.
That last day of camp, as Lex got out of his mom’s car, an older woman got out of the passenger side. I thought to myself, perhaps it’s Barbara? Sure enough it was. I hugged her and of course knew she didn’t remember me, but claims she did… I do that too, with this memory. No teacher really remembers every kid… Maybe Ted (but i’ll write about him at a later date).
That “cool” factor was over the top at the moment, my favorite university and one of my favorite professors walking into my studio, taking the time to float my ego. We chatted a bit and I was so thrilled. Class went on and when Lex was leaving he gave me a little hug and whispered, “You were the best art teacher I ever had.” And I responded, “Well that’s cause your Grandma taught me so well.”
Bon Voyage Lex and family! Enjoy the forever life changing experience The Louvre will have on you. May you teach someone the love of culture one day and may they forever be grateful for you as well.