William Arthur Ward is quoted as saying, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
For Sampson County Schools art teacher Lynn Dukes trying to inspire students is at the forefront of her mind.
“I, personally, don’t, by any stretch of the imagination, consider myself a great art teacher. So, needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when weeks of promoting, the rare opportunity of a Pablo Picasso pottery exhibit in Fayetteville, resulted in one Salemburg and six Roseboro Elementary students attending,” Dukes attested, responding to the Ward quote.
Dukes provided this article to allow readers to see the experiences students can have while participating in the arts.
“I must hope this article is ‘better late than never,’ for my very patient students. The Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics from the Rosenbaum Collection Exhibit, made possible by and held at Methodist University, ran from February to April.”
Dukes, K-5 art teacher at Salemburg and Roseboro elementary schools, was “on a mission”, as soon as she became aware of this exhibit. The mission — inspire as many students as possible, to take advantage of, what might be a, once-in-a-lifetime chance, to view the original artwork of, one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century.
Mike Venezia’s book, Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Picasso, was presented to students, in order to build prior knowledge, in hopes that, students would be persuaded to attend, and able to appreciate this Exhibit. Mike Venezia’s book explained that, Picasso’s fame was due, not only, to his incredible artistic ability, but also, to his adventurous and inventive creation of completely new artistic styles (Cubism), as well as ways to make art (linoleum-cut printmaking). The book also pointed out that, Picasso used his talent to express himself, successfully, in an impressive variety of different art media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and pottery (ceramics). Mrs. Dukes stressed that, Picasso is, however, mostly remembered for his very unique style of painting, making a local, free, exhibit of his pottery, all the more rare. “I attended this Exhibit twice, myself! I have seen original Picasso drawings, paintings, and prints at the NC Museum of Art. But, I have never had the chance to personally view an exhibit of Picasso’s pottery”, Dukes commented excitedly! Mrs. Dukes also indicated, how relevant and timely this Exhibit was for any fourth and fifth grade students, as they had recently completed clay projects in her Art classes.
A special prize and newspaper recognition were offered as incentives to encourage students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Students were instructed to return an Exhibit brochure as proof of attendance in order to claim their rewards.
Salemburg fourth grader Carly Joas requested to take the Mike Venezia book, about Picasso, home for further study prior to attending the exhibit.
The following Roseboro Elementary students proudly returned Exhibit brochures: three Cook family siblings, Gavin (5th grade), Kinley (4th grade), Ashlyn (3rd grade); twins Henry and Zachary Lea (1st grade); one of the biggest fans of Art class at Roseboro Elementary, Dakota Brennan (5th grade). These students have already received the reward of the unique experience of the Exhibit. A very special ‘thank you’ goes out to the parents of these students, who demonstrated the tremendous importance of being involved in the education of their children. Their extra effort and cooperation is greatly appreciated by Mrs. Dukes!
Mr. Potato Head, all his face pieces in wrong slots, from being played with by the baby, jokes to Hamm in Toy Story 3, “Look, I’m Picasso”. “I don’t get it”, replies Hamm. “You uncultured swine”, exclaims Mr. Potato Head! “These Salemburg and Roseboro students will ‘get it’ now,” joked Dukes!