With a senior class that led a school-art project, it was appropriate that their teacher Teri Adams gave them their own giant paint brushes, 32 in all, different shades, but ‘complementary of one another.’
Adams, the art teacher at CV-S, was the keynote speaker. She said upon first observing the class of 2014 when they were in eighth grade, she noticed that their drawings were made without inhibitions. She said her and the students discussed rules for the classroom and the importance of individuality.
“Collectively we came to the conclusion that it is alright to be different,” Adams said.
Adams quoted Pablo Picasso about every child’s innate ability to be a creative.
“Every child is an artist,” Adams said. “The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
She also said that each student is an artist with a blank canvas, and everyone is in control of his or her personal outcome.
She said September would be a time when many students move into the unknown but to make the best of it.
“It’s an exciting time and a frightening time as well,” Adams said.
“I encourage you as you begin your journey into the unknown, the uncertain, to be open-minded and have a positive attitude as you did five years ago in my classroom,” Adams said.
She told her students to be active in creating the outcomes they wanted in their lives.
“You can either be passive and let life hand you what it may, or influence life’s outcome,” Adams said.
Adams said that every student could create his or her own individual masterpiece. She llustrated her point by placing large pictures of paintbrushes dipped in different colors under each student’s chair.
“The paintbrush you hold symbolizes your individuality and then compliments your originality enriching your environment, your society, your world,” Adams said.