Our Disney season passes are set to expire next week, so after we finished our school work, we loaded up the van and aimed it toward Disney Studios at Disney World.
This has become a favorite park, ever since the girls overcame their fear of Rockin’ Roller Coaster.
After I became suitably nauseous from back to back roller coaster/Tower of Terror rides, we attended an attraction that demonstrated how animated characters are created. We were able to sit in a short hands on class to receive instruction on how to draw a simple Disney character. The art teacher sat in the front with a large overhead projector, as she demonstrated step by step how to draw Winnie the Pooh.
We each had our own sharpened #2 pencil and a large sheet of paper on which to draw. At one point, I looked over at Jensen’s paper. He was completely disregarding the art teacher’s instruction, and was putting the finishing touches on his 5th and final Backyardigan. And to answer your unspoken question, yes, he is a bit of a challenge to homeschool.
When the class had finished, the art teacher came by and collected some samples of the art work for show and tell up on the overhead projector at the front of the room.
She came by and collected Emme and Cailey’s artwork, and took a special interest in Jensen’s. He explained to her that they were the Backyardigans. She looked confused. “Another network,” I offered. Ah yes, as she walked to the front of the room to display my children’s art. She asked Jensen to name each one, and he proudly complied.
As we were driving home, he was reminiscing about the day, and his near brush with artistic stardom. “Well, I did TRY to draw Winnie the Pooh, but it was just too terrifying, especially since I drew a head and ONLY ONE EYE.“
And just to be clear, the perfectly landscaped Pooh suitable for framing to the left of Jensen’s Backyardigan’s belonged to Fiddledaddy. And so it should be clear that my children have all inherited their artistic talents NOT FROM ME.