The Suitcase Lady


March 24, 2015, 9:00 pm

The title of the book jumped out at me from the shelf in the art museum shop. “Geometry Makes Me Happy” it proclaimed. Math has always been my nemesis with the exception of geometry where I got to draw pictures.

I opened the book and found every page to be a delight and inspiration. A compilation of the work of many young artists from around the world whose art is based on geometric elements, the volume highlighted fine art, photography, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, street art and architecture.

I normally weigh purchases carefully, but this decision was instant. The book needed to go home with me. The books I add to my collection are all working books. I use them to develop art projects and gather information for my young people’s programs. Rarely do I leave the house for school without a bulging book bag. The quality of the reproductions in art books far surpasses those on a Smart Board……and the network doesn’t go down.

“You will love this art project” I told my middle schoolers when we began our geometric art unit. They did. Check out samples of their creations below. Geometry made us all happy. How sad that art is being eliminated from so many schools all over America.

7 Comments for this entry

  • Jeff Newburg

    What a tragic and telling commentary on America it is that art, music, and even physical education are being cut from our schools. At the same time, while we’re eliminating these apparently “discretionary” matters, our children typically graduate from high school unable to put two paragraphs together, and American students rank nowhere near the top in math and science.

    So what exactly ARE we producing in our schools? Overweight, uncultured, oblivious new adults who don’t read, stare at their smartphones, idolize the Kardashians, take pictures of themselves, and are obsessed with nothing more than money, sex, and gadgets.

    I’m consistently perplexed with the fact that people all over the world yearn to “move to America and live the dream.” To them I ask: Seriously?