A Tale of Two Sisters
It is always a pleasure having
siblings in art class. Others
agree, and often respond with
“Wow, in art! They must be so
much alike!” In one particular case,
however, there were a few simi-larities, but nothing that couldn’t be
explained by being brought up in the
same house by the same parents.
Ann and Kate
These two siblings were five years
apart, so they never overlapped in
high school or middle school. Older
sister, let’s call her Ann, and younger
sister, Kate, if you will, both enjoyed
art immensely. As a matter of fact, art
was their subject of choice and both
found ways to spend as much time
in the art department as possible in
each of their respective junior and
senior years. However, Ann came to
the department to hide away, be left
alone, and jump into her work. Quiet
was better. Kate preferred to be in the
art department with friends. She usually stayed in her circle, and hummed
and talked her way through her work.
Ann’s work centered around patterns. The colors, lines, and shapes
derived from her fascination with
nature. She explored, doodled,
produced continuous fodder
for her artwork in
appeared to be more realistic, but
was tinged with narrative. Kate ran
through the usual honors curriculum
and started to work more personally
and with themes that expressed her
feelings. Kate added to her own artwork by way of her sketchbook, and
saved ideas for future graphic tattoos.
Her work was more sporadic, whereas
her sister Ann produced steadily and
After High School
Ann went to college with a few schol-
arships and with the goal of becoming
a textile designer. She finished with
honors and for two years, worked as
an area designer and taught design
at the regional craft center. Recently,
Ann landed a job
as a designer for a
York design firm.
Kate is in her
first year at a
local college for
fine arts and has not lost sight of her
goal of designing tattoos and body art.
Both siblings received the same education; however, beyond the lessons,
portfolio prep, and extracurricular
work, each received different benefits
and took different directions.
Art programs today need
the flexibility and support
to reach students both
cognitively and emotionally.
Art programs today need the flexibility and support to reach students both
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