Yesterday, dear friend and wonderful poet Jeffery Beam and I went to Amy Kostrewa's creative writing class at Cedar Ridge High School. It was the second year we'd done this---Jeffery talked to the class about the art of poetry and read/performed some of his work. I drew the students.
I was completely bowled over by those kids. Smart? Engaged? Friendly? Absolutely!
Jeffery did a masterful job of teaching and reading. He's a natural performer and anybody who is lucky enough to hear him and watch him live his poetry out loud never forgets the experience.
I wish the class had lasted all day. Miss Kostrewa said I could come back week after next and draw the students again. Wouldn't it be a great project to draw her class once a week for a whole school year? Imagine documenting all that energy, intelligence, talent for nine months! Imagine an exhibit of those drawings! I'd have to write a proposal to the school that would tie in the project, somehow, to their creative writing curriculum, I guess. Anybody have any ideas? Of course, the teacher and the students might not want me around for that long. There's that.
Anyway, here are sketches from yesterday. Compare them with those from last year, just for interest's sake. A big thank you to Sara LaFone, Ben Villanova, Katie Redmond, Jamie Mebane, Alex Leith, Cece Pascal, and Bob Pfeiffer for letting me draw them! You are all adorable. And to Miss Kostrewa, too, many thanks.