We were doing a very serious painting this week in sixth grade art class. Very serious. Chinese brush painting.
I meticulously set up the atmosphere for ethereal ink paintings of bamboo to appear. With wood flute meditation music playing softly in the background, I taught my small class of sixth graders proper brush technique. I broke down the steps to painting the bamboo stem, joints, branches and leaves. We even had real bamboo brushes, tiny wells of black India ink and bamboo pens for details.
In my best Mr. Miyagi imitation I cautioned, “Teacher say, student do.” The room was hushed as they concentrated.
Then from the left side of the room an unexpected arm jostle caused drops of ink to fly and brought this exclamation from one of my students. “Awww,you guys made me ink!” Perfect imitation of the small octopus on Finding Nemo.
I have not laughed that hard in days. Of course we had to look up the clip on YouTube. The entire class left my room intoning “Awww,you guys made me ink!” Not exactly the cultural experience I had planned, but some of the best art comes from the unexpected.
“Awww,you guys made me ink!”- Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo
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