This has been an amazing school year and even though our classroom time was cut short, I am very proud of each and every one of you. All year I have watched your talents and confidence grow, and you have motivated and inspired me to continue pressing forward and to be the absolute best teacher and artist I can be! Thank you for all of the laughs, for all of the great times we shared in class, for the beautiful artwork and amazing presentations. Thank you for making this year's art exhibit an incredible one. Most of all, I thank all of you for not giving up. Each week you have taken my challenges head on and have made this a year to remember. Not once have you failed to impress me.
As you have learned in the art class, art can include skills and qualities far beyond those needed to create a painting or a drawing. In times like the present, courage is something that is necessary. Courage, I feel can be considered both a quality and a skill. It is a skill that each of you posses. Courage is defined as "The ability to do something that frightens one." At the start of the school year, many of you had a hesitation and reluctance towards speaking before your classmates. Throughout the year you acquired techniques and methods to allow you to overcome your fears, and before you knew it you were delivering presentations without a single hesitation. You developed the skills to allow your courage to increase and now that courage has become an amazing quality! Also at the start of the school year, many of you were hesitant and reluctant to create artwork. Again, throughout the year you acquired techniques and methods to allow you to discover the artist inside. Before you knew it, that inner artist was unleashed and now, whether it is a painting or a drawing, you face the challenge head on knowing that you can do it! Again, you developed the skills to increase that COURAGE to allow the inner artist to escape and shine! Now each and every week you display that courage when you accept my challenges and complete your projects without hesitation! Again, that courage has become an amazing quality! As artists, we all have this skill and quality, and now once again we have an opportunity to put it to use. Lets take that courage we display each and every week in class and display it in our homes. Just as you are an encouragement to classmates and others through your fantastic artwork, lets be an encouragement to our loved ones at home through our own courage! During these times, I imagine many of us are communicating with friends and family through electronic means. Understandably, there is a lot of uncertainty and fear out there, and through the quality and skill of courage, we can be that encouragement that others may need. My challenge for you all is to be safe, do your best to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, and to display that amazing courage you have shown me in the classroom each week. Be an encouragement to someone. Seeing your courage throughout the year has already been an encouragement to me. I am extremely proud of each and every one of you!
I will join you all in displaying the skill and quality of courage. Lets be an encouragement to those around us. I trust that all will be well and we will see each other in the classroom once again soon! Until then, please be safe, stay healthy, be courageous, and keep creating art!
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