By Barbara Bunsey
Before school started this year there was a note in our parish newsletter asking for parents, grandparents, and others to volunteer to teach an elective class to the junior high students in our school. I thought I could teach decorative painting, then quickly told myself I didn’t have time.
“Someone” kept tugging at my heart and I offered to teach my “Halloween Trio” boxes. Seven delightful young ladies are painting with me! Unfortunately the class is only 40 minutes long, so instead of doing all three boxes I decided to teach the candy corn since it’s the most basic and one “Holly Berry Santa” ornament.
The other day was the last day of the quarter and I have to say I’m going to miss these young ladies. I am SO proud of all of them. They were a delight in class, SO excited about what they created! Several commented on how relaxing painting is and we talked about what a great stress-reliever it is. They were disappointed to learn that, due to scheduling conflicts, I am unable to teach the next quarter. I told them I’m hoping to be back teaching in January for that quarter. I have been so blessed to be able to share what I love with these adorable young ladies. I will miss them!
When I left, I showed these amazing ornaments to the principal who said she has gotten great feedback on the class, from the ladies, from their parents, and from their friends who want to learn to paint!
Decorative painting is not dead! We just need to light that spark and build it into a fire to keep our love of painting going!