A World Beyond
Ella trudged into Art class and took her seat. Art used to be fun. She loved doodling and painting. She adored creating on paper with pure imagination. Lately though, art in any form had become tedious and boring. How could sketching an apple be exciting? How could learning about the shape and length of a nose hone her skill?
Mrs. Cole rapped her wooden yardstick on the tile floor. Ella blew a puff of air from her lungs. “Every afternoon,” she mumbled with a roll of her brown eyes.
“We are living in an ever-shifting, ever-changing world,” the instructor began. “I want you to look into these and perhaps you will see what I mean.”
A cylindrical tube was placed before each student. Ella looked around at her classmates. What? What was this? One by one each person brought the object up to his or her eye.
Reluctantly, Ella followed suit. She grinned at the rich colors. The geometric shapes danced and morphed one into another. Shades of purple, blue and green offered a relaxing brilliance she had never known could be in existence.
“Can someone describe to me what you are experiencing through your kaleidoscope right now?” Mrs. Cole asked.
“It’s like a tapestry of crystals being born right in front of me,” a blonde girl named Leah gushed.
“No, no, it’s more like a rainbow of peacock feathers with gems on them swirling around behind stained glass,” freckle-faced Lucas Atley yelled.
“Mine looks like a bunch of fireflies wearing rhinestone outfits,” someone else hollered.
Everyone laughed and began to speak at the same time, trying to outdo one another.
Ella remained silent. Mrs. Cole noticed.
“And Ella, can you tell me what you see?”
Placing her kaleidoscope on her desk, Ella looked up. “I love art,” she announced. “To me, art is like a divine love that beckons us to a world beyond our reality. It is a world of our own creation and fantasy; a world of our own choosing. I see all that through this little tube – realities, fantasies and choices.”
Murmurs rose and fell throughout the classroom.
“Now I want you all to take what you’ve just seen and put it on paper. Make your audience realize his realities, fantasies and choices. Only a few can do that through stories, songs or art.”
Ella was one of the few.