Grandma Kc is Bragging Again

Grandma Kc wrote this on January 8th, 2014 20 Replies

I often refer to AmaraLand (the blog) as being my giant digital Grandma Brag book. I have to admit that like any bona fide Grandma I love to brag. Amara really is an exceptional child.

Jog-A-Thon Design

Amara has been taking art lessons every Saturday since she was about 4 years old and she really loves to draw and paint – she even designed the Jog-a-thon t-shirt a few years ago. She also had her artwork exhibited at the local fair!

Amara in front of her artwork at the fair

Now, I need to brag about her most recent art masterpiece! Since Amara’s school doesn’t have an art teacher or art program, it is one of the things the PTA sponsors and they do some amazing things. A couple of months ago the students participated in a special art presentation of a technique called Asian Brush. They created a watercolor painting using tempera paint, paintbrushes and toothpicks to make their own bamboo composition. Students from all grades made their own creations. This was a very hands on activity and students and teachers both had a lot of fun. The teachers each picked two of their favorites to be hung in the media center.

Amara's Asian Brush Art Masterpiece

Guess whose picture was picked? Guess what Grandma had to go to school and take a picture of it? Guess who was very proud?

Asian Art display in the media center

20 thoughts on “Grandma Kc is Bragging Again

  1. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise

    Oh wow, I’d be proud too! What a fantastic drawing — it looks like it could be on a greeting card! Amara and her classmates are truly lucky that the PTA sponsors this art program — it’s such a shame that art, choir and orchestra are being/have been phased out of schools.

    To Amara — Congrats on a job well done! And for giving Grandma one more thing to be proud of!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I know you have this same kind of Grandma Pride for Noli! It is sad how many programs have been cancelled in so many schools. I know PE has been cut or drastically reduced in most schools. In a time when children need to be more active, this is really sad, too. We are lucky that Amara’s school does provide music once a week so she has started learning the trumpet. Once a week isn’t a lot of musical instruction but it is better than none. You are right, the students are very lucky that the PTA works so hard to raise the funds to provide them with a great art education.

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  2. Olga

    You certainly have a right to be proud and brag all you want to because that is so well done. The other art work you show is all just amazing.

    Kudos to the PTA for taking on the art program, but shame on the the board of education for not doing so.

    Amara is talented and also fortunate to have that kind of community support as well as the family support that provides her with lessons and educational experiences. Who knows what talent is lost in those who are not as fortunate. Lack of support for the arts really gets my dander up!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Olga! She did not get artistic abilities from me but her Mom is very talented.

      Her school does have a wonderful PTA but they can’t do it all. It is sad all the cutbacks that have been made. Not everyone is as fortunate as Amara to have the right school, the right parents and family. You’re right, who knows the geniuses that will never get a chance to bloom.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Kristi, I really am proud! She has a lot of paintings that she has done at art class and I keep telling her to bring them over and redecorate her room. She keeps forgetting!

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  3. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    Absolutely beautiful! Hats off to Amara and her artistic talent. I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler truthfully so I am always in awe of someone this talented. Way to go Amara! I’m sure it’s in the genes. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is not in my genes! OK, at least not in the usual ways like painting or drawing. I am the worst! I’m good with Photoshop so I count that as my art! Her Mom is really talented. They didn’t get it from me!

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  4. sarah christian

    How truly proud you can be of this major accomplishment! It is a beautiful image that Amara did.I think it is so wonderful that she has been taking art classes for so long. That will always be with her, and I know how much my art has meant to my own life. Thanks for the wonderful share!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you Sarah! I have shared lots of your art with Amara as inspiration. I am just thrilled she loves it. I really see it as something she will do her whole life!

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  5. Amara's Grampy

    She did a great job – she always does. And there were a lot of other really good pieces, so she had some stiff competition. We’d love her no matter what of course, but she just keeps making us prouder.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      One of the other PTA moms suggested I have it turned into a note card using Shutterfly and I think I am going to scan it and turn it into thank you notes! How cool will that be?

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  6. Sandy Siegel

    Yes on the note cards! What a great idea! She did a beautiful job on that drawing!! Give her a hug from Aunt Sandy & Uncle Mark!! xoxo

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  7. Joyce

    Amara’s work is outstanding! This is the result of natural talent, parents who make sure she has opportunities for enrichment in her field of interest, and an excellent program brought in by a very committed PTA. This is an honor well deserved – and one that should be shamelessly bragged about by grandma! Congratulations!

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