Traditions: Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway
When I was in middle school my family took a trip to the beach and I met a friend in the pool on the last day of our trip. We are still in touch after years of writing pen-pal letters and I really think I might get to see her again this August. We used to decorate our envelopes like crazy-- we made them look like all kinds of things. I wish I still had all those envelopes somewhere, but I wasn't as organized when I was young. Guess what... my pen pal is a teacher in Wilmington now. How ironic is that? I should have known a long time ago that I was meant for this kind of thing.
Stereotype: Fat American Tourist in a Tacky Suit
So here are my first artist trading cards. For my class, we had to depict our region, a famous local person/celeb, something from history, a tradition and a stereotype. Here's what I came up with. Enjoy!
History: American Indian Figures
My Region: The South-- lightning bugs in a jelly jar
Local Celeb: The Wright Brothers, N.C. First in Flight
(I'm not really with-it when it comes to celebrities, so I chose historical celebs)
I can't wait to see what my German pen-pal sends back. Her name is Madeline, I think... isn't that beautiful? This is exactly the kind of project that I would put together for students in my art classes. I've always wanted to befriend a teacher in Iraq or Afghanistan so that I could begin to build a tiny little bridge of friendship between young people there and my American students. Hidden agenda? Sure... I'm out to save the world... one ATC at a time. I should have one of those "whirrled peas" bumper stickers, but my car is too "serious" to deface with vinyl.... riiight.