When you visit Florence, Italy and stroll into the Uffizi Museum, you will find a large painting of “The Annunciation”. This is a painting that a young Leonardo da Vinci and his master teacher painted together. The legend goes that while they were painting, Leonardo’s teacher noticed his student’s abilities were surpassing his. The teacher stopped painting his part and Leonardo finished the painting. The student had become the master. However, Leonardo was not content with surpassing his teacher’s abilities. He continued to paint his entire life refining his skills with every painting until the final days of his life.
There are many “Leonardo’s” walking among us today in every corner of society. They work diligently and look closely to the details of every project they undertake. Their goal is to have mastery of themselves. They are doctors, businessmen and teachers who have refined their work into an art form. People would say that they have mastered the fine art of medicine, business or education. This is the highest compliment someone could give another person. After all, it is the artist who can make something from nothing, new industries from the ashes of obsolete ones, opportunities from broken dreams.
There was a lot of great artwork by many artists displayed in the hallways in each elementary school the last two weeks. Each piece of artwork represents the hard work and tenacity of students as they began, worked on and finished a project. We congratulate all the ribbon winners for a job well done. We also salute the teachers for providing visual art instruction and developing the visual-spatial abilities of every student. We know these students will go on to thrive in whatever they pursue if they approach those interests with diligence and attention to detail the way they approached their artwork that earned them a ribbon this year.
Congratulations to all of our ribbon winners this year that are now on display at our District Art Show at the Western Heritage Museum until May 20th.