"Bruce" the Infamous Dot!
Connie Benedict - Art Teacher
Once upon a time in the land of Welch Public Schools. Between 1995 and 2005 in the magical room of creativity there lived a tiny black dot. He resided in the very utmost corner of the white board. His name was “Bruce”.
I have created this blog to gather memories of “Bruce Happenings” from my students.
I want to hear your fondest memories!
I plan to write a children’s book about our art room. So anything you share could be used in the book😊
When I started teaching at Welch in 1995 I invented “Bruce” as a classroom management tool. “Bruce” became a very important part of class.
“Bruce” was used as:
the starting point for drawings on the board.
the example of the definition of “line” and expanded into the other “elements of design”.
to monitored the class and would turn colors: Red if angry, Blue if sad, Yellow if happy, Black was his normal unemotional color and if he got too emotional he would just disappear! We would discuss why we thought he might have left us and then to get him to reappear we had to be very quiet and well behaved.
”Bruce” made our time in the art room magical!
He was so happy to view our artwork upon completion! Kids came to the front of the room and lined up to show Bruce their work and then turn around to show the class. Then we all did a “Bruce Clap”. ( clapping one finger with our thumb with little hands held high”!)
It was so precious! I can still see your little smiles and eyes filled with wonder. You may have been wondering if your art teacher was crazy! LOL, but it filled my heart with joy!