Tuesday, January 3, 2012

He Got In!!!

2007 (8th grade)

Ryan: My art teacher wants me to put a face on my figure project but I don't want to. Mine is a wizard and I think it looks better without a face.

Me: What will happen if you don't?

Ryan: She said she'd mark me down on the scoring rubric and give me a C.

Me: Are you ok with that?
Dec 24, 2011 - (Senior Year) The letter he's been waiting for arrived. YES, he'd been accepted to his #1 choice, Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, to study for a BFA in Film. And, he was given a merit scholarship based solely on his own accomplishments. We are so happy for him!!

- The wizard doesn't have a face.
- Ryan is still an artist.

36 comments:

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Michele, this is wonderful news! I am so happy for your son. I remember those days not long ago.
Have a nice week.
Teresa
xoxo

Miranda said...

This is a great story and I'm predicting a fabulous future for Ryan.
When my (now 25 yr. old) daughter was in preschool, she loved to paint. Another parent looked at one of her works and said "Ooh, maybe you'll be an artist when you grow up."
My then 3-yr. old daughter gave her a withering look and said, "I'm an artist NOW." (duh!)
Here's to the artists.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news for 2012 and may your artist thrive in college (I am sure he will). We are waiting to hear of our son's residency so I know how exciting this is for you...........all these milestones! All the best in 2012. XO

TSL said...

So many people out there will tell artists what they need to do, but the entire point of being an artist is being true to a unique vision. You go, Ryan, a heartfelt congrats to you and to your proud parents as well!

Laura@happyroost said...

Awesome story. So glad he stuck to his own ideas!

Laura
www.happyroost.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

An artist through and through. Congratulations to your son!

pve design said...

Michele,
Wonderful news for you and your wizard!
I just delivered one son back to college yesterday and it was great to meet his new friends. He was greeted with hugs and a hey! It is wonderful to witness how they navigate without us :)
pve

LiveLikeYou said...

Congratulations to Ryan! Love the wizard with no face. Happy 2012 to all of you! Here's to a great year.

Carla Aston said...

How wonderful for him. You must be so proud. Congratulations to both of you!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Congrats -thats amazing! Love the wizard.

An Urban Cottage said...

Congratulations to him! One single course I took at Mass Art changed the way I view the world. I think it's a great school.

A Perfect Gray said...

so pleased for him. what a wonderful sense of self he must have to know what's right for his own work...congratulations...donna

Jenny Castle Design said...

how exciting, congrats to your son, you must be so proud!!

Windlost said...

That is incredible news. I am so happy for you guys!!!! Wow!

xo Terri

Amanda Hill said...

I just found your blog and am so excited to be a new follower! Such a great site, coming back soon for more!

Iantha interiors said...

Congratulations to your son! I hope he always remembers that teacher and draws drive and determination from her. On another note, I can't believe you have a son that old!

Tran said...

I went there. Loved it!

Janet said...

Congrats! And, he was right in 2007!

Ann said...

What a great way to learn to trust one's instincts. Congratulations, Ryan and Mom!

Karena said...

Michele how exciting, I am so proud of your budding artist!! Adore the wizard!

Happy New Years and All the Best in 2012!

I hope you will come to enter my Giveaway from Serena & Lily!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Congratulations to Ryan! That is fantastic and so great that he was brave enough to not back down.
Laura

Reggie Darling said...

Congratulations! I love the wizard -- marvelously creative. Happy New Year!

HRH The Duchess of State said...

Congratulations dahhling! Personally I could not agree more with Ryan the wizard looked far more interesting & sculpural just the way he is! How dehhvine!

Pat said...

Love the way he followed his vision. Congrats on the college.

Vickie H. said...

Thank God we didn't all listen to those teachers who tried to tell us who they thought we were supposed to be! Hooray for Ryan! May good luck and good fortune follow his every step! I love the Wizard...LOVE HIM!!! Congratulations!!!

L.P. said...

News of Ryan's success spread fast - mazeltov! They start out as artists but so much talent slips away or gets turned off. Takes character to get through childhood with vision & faith intact. Good for Ryan.

Party Resources said...

Yay!!! As someone who lives in Boston, I can vouch it is a great place to call home!! xx

SHERRY HART said...

Awesome....Michelle! And I am so glad you made good use of that fabric!!!

pretty pink tulips said...

How fantastic!!!! I know Ryan is thrilled and you and your husband are over the moon. I'm so happy you shared this story, as I'm a few years behind you in the child rearing....and having 2 boys who don't always fit "the mold" can sometimes give me sweats. But, I'm encouraged to see how you supported him in his artistic talents (that wizard does NOT need a face - it's incredible) and look at what he's about to experience.

Take it all in. Be proud. You did well - all of you!
xoxo Elizabeth

Miss Rubio said...

This is awesome!!! I love the way you handled it back in 07, you put it back on him and he was okay with a C and you didn't push on him changing his creation only to get a better grade. Good for him (and you)for sticking to his guns. (ok, why am I tearing up???) haha Love this post. Congrats to Ryan!!! xo

The Zhush said...

Congrats!!!!! So cool that he knew to stick to his artistic vision at such a young age. I love this, and clearly its paid off!

classic • casual • home said...

Bravo to Ryan!!! Loved this story.

Capella Kincheloe Interior Design said...

Quite right, I prefer that wizard without a face! Congrats to Ryan.

Linda Merrill said...

Congratulations to Ryan for being willing to stand up for his art, regardless of the "rubric" scorers of the world.

The French Tangerine said...

What a wonderful post! Possibly one of my top 3 favorites of all time. I love that it's meaningful and personal and teaches us something. Duh! The wizard needs not a face!
Congrats,
XO
Jan

Kevin Graves said...

Congratulations to Ryan for knowing what he wants at that age and for getting in! You did the exact right thing with your attitude. Many would have forced him to conform for a better grade! Very excited for him.

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