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The Hand from Within the Crowd

by Anesia Bollings

In grammar school I was bullied. I was the nerd who never failed at anything and that’s why I was usually bullied. I went home to a broken family, one where their {there} were so many fake smiles, and I cried throughout the night. Then the cycle repeated. I even changed schools six times, yet the bullying was imminent. I couldn't help that I was smart, funny, cute, athletic and humble. Things that are praised into {in} today’s society, but when I looked into a mirror I saw shattered glass within my heart.


Art’s History

by Alison O’Connor

Dear diary,

Congrats Ali, you slacker, you. At least you won’t feel that pressure anymore, you can focus on more important things, like that sixteen page ethnography essay due in a matter of weeks. You can commute downtown much later on Friday mornings without feeling like you’re always missing something. Good job, Al. I mean that, I suppose, both ironically and seriously, good for you. Withdrawing from Art History I: Gothic to Stone Age did seem like a cop-out, but it was a pretty wise choice, you gotta admit, and it will seem like one of the smartest things you’ll have done in college, and you’re still a freshman. Just think of that.  



Dear Mr. Dewey

by Alison O’Connor

Dear Mr. Dewey,

I was very pleasantly surprised by the layout of sixth grade class I observed at The University of Chicago Lab School, as it served as an ideal model of your philosophies on education, and on how children learn by doing and exploring subjects for themselves. The teacher, Ms. Allen, was very supportive and accommodating of the students, as she allowed for all of the students to ask questions about the different materials they were working with and how to use them, going around and helping the different students with their respective tools while also standing back and allowing them to use their materials as they pleased, and to design artwork from their own imaginations and patterns, instead of any imposed models. Ms. Allen also allowed for the students to experiment with brushstroke patterns, finger-painting, various methods of shading and coloring with pencils, and with sculpting materials such as metal and clay without any enforcement of strict and constricting rules of how the various materials should be used. She was encouraging and extremely supportive of whatever plan or art concept or project idea the different students proposed, and did not make any alterations to any of their plans. She provided the students with what help they may have asked for, while giving them complete freedom over how they wanted their projects to turn out and how they went about making art. 


Learning of Drawing

by Alison O’Connor

Dear diary,

I’m nine and in Ms. Mullen’s fourth grade class. She keeps throwing my drawings in the trashcan for me to collect after the lesson has ended, but I really wish she wouldn’t. My friends think the punishment is logical, but I really hate it when she does that, since they’re my creations and I felt proud of them. 

Drawing RoboCat is the first time I’ve felt like I can create something of importance, that’s all mine and that lets me use my drawing skills for something good. I wish that I could draw like Michael does, he does the best work, really, but RoboCat is done well, at least in my mind. He’s like Jenny from My Life as a Teenage Robot, but I’m drawing him and I’m getting better, I think. I was supposed to be studying the metric system, I know, but I really don’t understand any of it. I wish I was normal and smart and had nice handwriting like the other girls in class do, the other girls with their neat outfits and tidy pencils, who don’t have metal colored hands from the pencil scribbles left over from doodles. I never thought I could draw, I never felt like I could create my own cartoon and I think he’s just like Jenny, or just as powerful. He has lasers and a battle-axe and everything! He can save the world and I program him with a remote control, which is just a square shape on the page but still a remote. I think that these cartoons are my best drawings, and I keep him in the most careful square-shapes I can make.