Art LO28372

From: Sharon F. Werner (
Date: 05/01/02

Replying to LO28360 --

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he
grows up. --Pablo Picasso

Dear OL's: I would like to share the following ...


In first grade, Mr. Lohr said my purple tepee wasn't realistic enough,
that purple was no color for a tent, that purple was a color for people
who die, that my drawing wasn't good enough to hang with the others. I
walked back to my seat counting the swish swish swishes of my baggy
corduroy trousers. With a black crayon, nightfall came to my purple tent
in the middle of an afternoon.

In second grade, Mr. Barta said, "Draw anything." He didn't care what.
I left my paper blank and when he came around to my desk, my heart beat
like a tom-tom while he touched my head with his big hand and in a soft
voice said, "The snowfall. How clean and white and beautiful." --Author

May we all model Mr. Barta. --Sharon Werner

AM de Lange wrote:

> Fred Nickols <> writes:
> >Shortly after my freshman year began, I was called
> >to a counseling session with my art teacher. He
> >informed me that I might someday make a competent
> >illustrator but that I would never be an artist. The
> >reason he gave was that, although I could faithfully
> >reproduce what was in front of me (real or imagined),
> >I had nothing to say. There was not in me, according
> >to him, the makings of an artist.


"Sharon F. Werner" <>

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