My latest Favorite photo!!!

This is my latest favorite photo and I’m really proud of it. I like it because it captures a mood and I have caught the subject in an off guard moment. It appears that he his daydreaming and looking out of the window of possibility while enjoying one of his favorite activities : eating cup cakes.

To me this is what portraiture is all about. This is a real moment taken in a moment of time and history. The only tweaking that I have done is put it through pictureshow to make it black and white and I also used the tilt shift application. The reason why I did that was to provide mood and expression and add a certain drama to the shot.

Please note that I have not  used photoshop to clean his face or to take away blemishes. I do not believe we should be using photoshop on children as I think it sends a bad message about self-image and robs us all of  the history of life’s occurrences.

Sorry I didn’t mean for this post to get preachy about this topic but as I started to write I felt compelled to mention it. Anyway, at the end of the day this is just my opinion and I have enjoyed the freedom to express it.

A breakthrough with play!!

This afternoon I feel as though I have had a breakthrough with my son. Usually when he comes home from school the first thing that he wants to do is play either the X box, PSP, or my iphone. I’ve really been thinking what can I do to get him to play meaningfully just like what I have been learning about through my course. I’ve never had an issue with getting other children to play along where I have facilitated a play/craft activity, however, when it comes to my son who has VCFS It seems to be a bit of a challenge.

It sometimes grieves me that he is not like other kids but nevertheless he’s my precious son and I love him and I am certain he can learn to play too. This afternoon we were out in the back yard and I suddenly got inspired  to mark out the shadows on the concrete with some chalk, but then my son said “can you make a road?” the next thing he is getting me to draw our Mazda, an electric train, a cruise boat, the lake, the harbor and all the things that have meaning to him and it went on and on. He even wanted me to draw Curtin university lol!!! He is so interested in my Studies!!

He then started talking about his memories of being on a cruise that was kindly donated to us by Kidswish, recited a book about a little toy boat lost on the lake. It was so exciting for me. Then we went inside and he saw his cars and I suggested that he use them on his road where  he played  outside unsupervised for at least half an hour!!!! The use of language is awesome and exquisite. The concentration and in-depth play was  unbelievable!! Yes he can play and I knew he had it in him but I also knew that I had to do more to release him into it as he does lack some self motivation.

I feel that if I want to be an extraordinary educator  for other children, then I need to dig deeper and be that for my son too. It was a great afternoon and I feel like much was accomplished!!!

My idea of the ideal job!!

Tomorrow I will be conducting an art lesson for my son’s class and I feel really excited about it. Before I got preggy with my son I had my own after school art classes for kids and just recently realised how much I missed it. At the beginning of the year I applied for a job that’s description was “Artist in residence at local child care centre”. Unfortunately I didn’t get that job, as I was under qualified. I was a bit disappointed about missing out on the job, however, I didn’t let it get me down.

Now that I have commenced my studies to become a qualified teacher I feel confident and excited about the prospect of being an educator. As I was thinking about the planned art lesson for tomorrow my mind cast back to thoughts of being an artist in residence and suddenly I realised that this really would be the most ideal job that anyone could ever have……well not every one…….the most ideal job that I could ever have!!!

The thought of that job energizes me, as I love being an artist and I love sharing the knowledge.  It would be so lovely if in Australia there could be more opportunities available for this type of job. I only know of one position of this description  in my local area. Can you imagine if all child care centres, preschools and even primary schools had an artist in residence, how awesome would that be!!!

Pardon me, but that was just me dreaming in the previous paragraph!! But you know what? Sometimes it can start off a dream and who knows where it can lead???? I would love to see art more valued in our country because honestly, I’m sick of carrying  the weird, unusual and messy title. I am more than that: I am intelligent, exercise humour on a regular basis, I am a citizen with much to offer and soon I will be qualified to get a “real job”!!

My working life has been an interesting journey,  as I have never been employed on a full-time basis and have had to invent jobs just to say that I’m doing something. For many years I never let this bother me but as I get older I am feeling a fire burning in me that says enough!!!  What am I trying to say???  I want a job that is satisfying, fulfilling and worthwhile. I want a job that I think is a value to society and will help those kids that may not have strong academic ability yet, are creative thinkers.

OK enough of the rant!!…….. I’ll be back for another day. 🙂