A few weeks back I went to a small and very new art gallery here in Shanghai. I posted about it and displayed a few of the works here. The one that amazed me was the large chiseled walls on the exterior of the building; two enormous head portraits. If you look closely at the one picture of the gallery you can see them.
I was always jealous of the kids in my class who could draw. I still loved art though… but what I could imagine in my head never seemed to quite make it on paper. In high school I took art for the love of it… and had poor results. All my grades were very high, except art. I asked my teacher for pointers in how to raise the grades. After all it could mean getting on the honour roll or not. He gave me a few pointers and I quickly applied them. I still had a poor mark… I tried again to ask and he told me flat-out “face it you can’t draw”. I was crushed… how could a teacher say that to a student who wanted to do better? I never took art again.
Years later I became a teacher of young children and they appreciated my drawings and I made murals for them on the chalk board and we would draw together. My confidence started to grow as I made things for the students. In addition, my work improved… Proving to someone you CAN do it in the face of adversity is a good feeling and I got that one day. My mom and I ran into my old teacher and she brought it up. She out right said to him “remember when you said she couldn’t draw? Well you should SEE what she can do now!” I was mortified… embarrassed… but secretly doing the happy dance! The look on his face…. priceless!
Ahhh (*sigh*) now that is off my chest I can get down to today’s challenge…
As one of my electives in university I took an ‘Ancient Roman Art and Architecture’ course. I liked it so much I took 3 classes! It amazes me how the iconography was a way of communication through coins, statues and other displays at the time. It is incredible what they achieved without the tools that we have today.
Enjoy this gallery of ancient Roman Art and Architecture from Roma.:)
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