For today’s Throwback Thursday, I submit for your approval, a piece of mixed media art created by me when I was five years old and in kindergarten. As you can see here, several milestones in February are represented. In the corners, we have crayon-colored hearts for Valentine’s Day on the fourteenth. On the left, we have a hand drawn light bulb for Thomas Edison’s birthday on the eleventh. In the top center, we have a cut-out twig from a cherry tree, a flag sticker, and a cut-out picture of George Washington’s head for his birthday, also on the eleventh (though 116 years before Thomas Edison’s). There is also apparently some debate as to whether it is really on the eleventh or the twenty-second. And at the bottom, we have a log cabin made of corrugated paper, some boot prints made with marker, and some pencil rubbings of Abraham Lincoln’s head on a penny to represent his birthday on the twelfth.
As you can see, back then in school, we used that incredibly thin manila paper that really wasn’t suitable for drawing or coloring projects that we may have wanted to keep, and my project didn’t fare well being stored in my grandma’s hot attic for decades. Now, it’s brittle and torn.
So there you have it: an ancient piece of art by yours, truly.
Let’s talk: Do you have any of your own art made in kindergarten? Did your kindergarten teacher teach you about what special dates came each month and then have you do an art project to commemorate them? Do you feel that you were taught more in kindergarten than kids in kindergarten are taught these days?