Some lucky people are blessed with artistic skills. I admire these people. I envy these people. I am not one of these people. I can squeak by during a kid's arts & crafts program (although my crafts tend to fit in "glue things to construction paper" category). So when my coworker recently found this picture in a library book, I was struck with a few different feelings:
|I'm not sure, but I THINK the signature says "Picasso."|
1) Frustration: this is the practical librarian in me talking. When will kids learn to not write/draw in books? Don't they know it means we will probably have to weed it from the collection? (Rhetorical questions, obviously.)
2) Nostalgia: this looks just like the kind of art I used to make when I was a kid, right down to the V-shaped birds in the sky. Do they teach that skill in school?
3) Awe/Confusion: I can't help but wonder why this child decided to make his/her artistic debut in a library book. The picture is not just a bit of flippant vandalism - it obviously took some time, consideration, and care. And while it's perfectly lovely (like I said, I know nothing about art), the picture is unrelated to the content of the novel in which it's drawn. Why HERE? Why NOW? I suppose we'll never know.
In conclusion: if you're reading a library book and you're suddenly filled with artistic spirit and you just HAVE to draw something or you'll burst, ask the librarain for some blank paper and crayons and color your little heart out. I'll bet the librarian will even hang your masterpiece on the wall when you're finished. (Just don't forget to sign it. )