Suitcase o' beads: always a hit

No surprises here: my third and final day as the "teacher" of these 8 year old wearable art campers was a mighty hit. Mom, you'll have to forgive me but no camera and no pictures. But by the end of the day, each one went home with enough Beaded Bling to give Mr. T a run for his money. (Or any of the other bling-wearing entertainers of this century: I realize that by evoking Mr. T I've admitted that I'm remarkably out of the loop of current entertainer fame. Whatever.)

The end of the day brought hugs and smiles and proud presentations of all sorts of creations. I'll admit that, perhaps to my surprise, one of the prettiest pieces was made by a little girl whose creative ability I didn't question, exactly, but nonetheless whose name wouldn't have appeared at the top of my "she's gonna' make something that knocks my socks off" list. (Had I actually made such a horrid list, that is.) Lessons to me: don't prejudge children. Or, in the larger context, don't prejudge period. People aren't necessarily as predictable as we think. And I liked her piece (which incorporated acrylic and glass beads alike,) so much that I really am thinking of employing one of the combinations of beads in some of my own designs. Go figure...

My non-free-spirited readers will be pleased to know that I required that at least one piece to incorporate either symmetry or at least a repeating pattern. It's important to be able to follow a pattern, even if that's not the direction you are most naturally inclined to move. And since they had chosen from each subsequent box of beads I brought out, (Miss Melody wisely chose not to lay the whole inventory out for them to take in at once - I'm learning...my adult students would be pleased, no doubt, if I chose this route for them, too!,) they were just happy to be able to make more than one thing with all these choices.

And the final day of this session of camp is now behind me.

PS: I still don't want to teach children on a regular basis. Even told the director that I'm not gonna' sign up to help her this fall. She pointed out that I could teach teens and adults if I had any interest. I told her I'd let her know...