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3rd Year Speaking to 4th Graders about Writing

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 28, 2015, 11:56 PM
On Friday March 27th I traveled to Halstead Elementary School to speak with three 4th grade classes about the joys and purpose of Creative Writing and making Art for a living. This was the third year in a row I had the privilege of speaking with the school's esteemed students about the writing process and what ti takes to embrace the role of the creative individual. I talked a little about my book, but I couldn't go into any extreme details as it would simply go over their heads and it wasn't marketed to their age group. We went over the writing process, especially taking time to examine the editing and revising portion. I even wrote a small short story for them to edit in class.

After that, we took to discussing about the professional art world. They are always more impressed with my drawings than anything. The kids are so vividly astonished, one even asked if I was the one that had created Spider-Man after showing a simple illustration of the web-slinger. My God. 

As a gift, I drew a black and white line art drawing of a Dragon.  We made photocopies of it for every student so they could take it home and color it anyway they could imagine. It presented every thing I sought to accomplish when instructed them to be creative, that it should all be for themselves and they should concentrate on doing what makes them happy with out any judgmental consequences. 

One of the teachers actually stopped at one point because I had said something they thought was exceptional. I was quoted with:

"A 100 failures is still a 100 successes to the ones that never even tried in the first place."

I just said it on a whim, but I guess it is a good set of words to think about. 

So other than that it's been a rewarding couple of days.  I also got the part-time job I wanted, so things are looking up.

  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Nirvana
  • Reading: Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
  • Watching: Horns


Trevor Gates
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
| INFP | Mixed Race | Nyctophiliac | Bibliophile | Cinephile |

I'm a 90's kid raised on Cult films, transgressive books, contemporary art and world music. I'm also a published writer, semi-professional musician, and current Art student. I attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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Thank you very much for the fave on Hualian! I appreciate it :D
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Thank you for the llama trade! Dango-big-smile 
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no problem :)
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HI Trevor! Really appreciate your decision to watch my work!!!:bow: Thank you so much!;-)
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You're very welcome. Great work btw. Also, thanks for the faves :)
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Thank you!!
You're welcome!! Good work!!!
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