Derek Donnelly was our teaching artist for this session on working with a theme. Each year, the Youth Ranch has a fishing tournament to help raise awareness and funds for the incredible work they do to help live their mission. This year, they wanted to use artwork created by students in the Young Artists of Florida program as part of their trophies. We were given the theme of aquatic life. Derek helped the students think through the theme. What are some images, colors, and shapes that come to mind when you think about the ocean?
It was an important lesson to learn that when we are given the same guidelines and same subject, there can be a variety of "right answers". One house parent commented that this paralleled house rules. He shared that we all have the same rules, but we can understand how each of us can interpret them differently- in a way that still works for the household.