Passing the time playing pass the drawing


When Cora first started music classes, her wise teacher who was always able to teach to the parents while simultaneously teaching our kids, recommended we “sing through our days.” I came to know the value of this, especially after 3 years and 9 collections of music. We had learned nearly 200 songs, and it was easy to find one for just about any occasion. I quickly learned that singing was an antidote to many childhood woes – boredom, stubbornness, sleepy, hungry, sad, mad. A good living example of “fake it ’til you make it.”

This past weekend I stumbled on an example of drawing through the day, an idea I’d like to develop in future posts. Sitting through her third band concert in three weeks, Cora was having trouble sitting still for all fourĀ Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra groups. I pulled out some paper and suggested we play “pass the drawing,” our family’s version of exquisite corpse.

In case this is an unfamiliar concept, in this simple drawing game someone draws something then passes it to the next person to add something and so on. You can set rules like, only lines and shapes and no recognizable objects or not and let folks determine what adding something means for themselves.

Dan and I have played this with the kids for over ten years together–waiting for food at a restaurant, on a long car ride, at a party. We hadn’t played with Cora in awhile and it was great to see her thinking and expressing her ideas in pictures. I haven’t written much about her representational development lately, but it seems time (follow-up to come).

We made three drawing in total, I don’t know where the final one is hiding. She assigned us each one to keep and hers must be hiding someplace secret. I’ll ask her if she can find it tomorrow.

Artists as Public Intellectuals: The Drumpf Edition

This winter I was invited to revisit a piece I wrote in graduate school for the journal CultureWork on the role of artists as public intellectuals (“Recognizing Artists As Public Intellectuals,” 2006). It was just published and the timing couldn’t be better, following on the heel’s of this weekend’s reports on the 2017 White House Correspondence Dinner – those in attendance and those who abstained. My original essay uses Stephen Colbert’s address at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (2006) as one example of artists’ contributions to culture as political and social commentators. That’s worth a re-view too, if you have 16 minutes and 53 seconds to spare.

It’s not easy to say something in 500 words or less but I gave it a shot. If you can’t imagine the “first 100 days” without Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, and Seth Meyers, you might like this quick read.

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