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  1. [Baren 26515] Harry goes to school :an evaluation ("Harry French")
  2. [Baren 26516] Re: Harry goes to school :an evaluation (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: "Harry French"
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 13:03:43 -0000
Subject: [Baren 26515] Harry goes to school :an evaluation
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I would like to share with you these unexpected written comments made by a headteacher concerning a school workshop with the Baren Surimono exchange #21 and Frank's personal Californian print exchange......"You gave our children the opportunity to work in a new media and it was obvious from their attentiveness, concentration and genuine interest that they were so inspired." "They were all so highly motivated and all of them really got the feel of being printers for the day." "the high standards and variety gave them the opportunity to emulate, if not quite now, in the future"....."opportunity to experience Japanese Baren (printing ) is an experience few children, let alone adults will be able to say they have done"...."thank you for setting up the chance to link with California."...... "what a fantastic experience to be part of this exciting exchange". "We hope to make further contacts with Frank and your other ' friends' " and, finally, " look forward to seeing you (me) again"!!!
I feel so flattered by this response on behalf of yourselves. I am thinking of going back for another bash(o), but my back is still aching and my mind swimming with simultaneously listening to 54 lively pupils in 4 sessions chattering all at once every minute of the hour and all of the workshop day.
Strange how life unfolds : 10 months ago, in my retirement, I was happy to pursue easel painting then I crashed my Internet surfboard into Baren...... and that's another story.
UK (now includes the workshop)
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 09:57:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 26516] Re: Harry goes to school :an evaluation
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I understand how you can be seduced by working with children. They are so very excited about all you show them and they love getting their hands dirty and working in any kind of art. I have been volunteering in the schools teaching printmaking for about 20 years and the rewards are huge. I have found that I can only do 3 classes of 25 students in one day...If I try to work with a 4th class, I cannot make my mind and mouth work together. They take a lot out of you, no question about it. I am always amazed that teachers can do this all day every day. My very favorite quote was a second grader in an inner-city school who said, as he was rolling ink on his plate, "this is the bestest day of my whole life". That is what keeps you going back, even when you back hurts! Congratulations on your new avocation! Retirement is now a thing of the past.....

And then of course there is the Baren...I think it has enriched the life of all who listen and post. It is an amazing group of people and I am so pleased to have a samll part in keeping it moving forward, although some days I want to just put my head down on the computer keys. If one thing goes wrong, it seems to multiply.....murphy's law.
Best to you,
mall manager