My son, Christian is a renaissance man. He dances (b-boy), plays bass guitar, is an artist (draws, paints, screen printing), photographer and budding graphic designer. He attends the local performing arts high school and is a visual arts major. For the past several years, he has been taking art classes at the University of the Arts during the school year as well as over the summer.
Last year he attended the Pre-College Institute for High School Students for the first time and was introduced to the real meaning of summer intensive! He was engaged for 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week, practicing in various medium, attending lectures from industry professionals and visiting local museums and attractions with other like-minded teens. At the end of the program, there was a wonderful exhibit showcasing all of the extremely talented artists and their works. I was in awe of the pure talent and drive of them all. I met several of his classmates and like him, they were very honest, open and passionate about their craft. I took so much away from that exhibit; this program truly helps mold our future artists in such a profound way.
Imagine my surprise yesterday when Christian showed me the catalog that had just come in the mail. He is featured in the catalog with a very serious look on his face. The candid shot of him is from his painting class. He looks intently at his work while listening to tunes. All while sporting one of his favorite UARTS t-shirts. This is such a proud mommy moment! He’s such a wonderful, kind, handsome and funny kid. It’s his second time being featured in a Pre-College printing. They must love that face as much as I do.
The best thing I can do for such an artistic child is believe in his craft and support it any way I can. I think if your child shows interest in anything positive, it’s a parents job to cultivate it. We’ve been doing that for our boys since they were little and they always tend to find their way to their purpose. We’re looking forward to another wonderful and enriching summer! Maybe we will let him stay on campus this year……..