Listening to the Wall: Part 2


Listening to the Wall is a series dedicated to showcasing pieces of student art that helped create an incarnate of the Lennon Wall  in my classroom.

This piece includes a number of fantastic quotes, but my eye always goes to the shackled hands releasing a butterfly.  To this day I wonder what “butterfly” was hiding deep inside of the girl who drew this image.

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of teaching a student who thrived on art and drawing.  I have watched him grow into an incredibly talented artist and I’m quite honored to have a few pieces of his early work.  For the Lennon Wall he chose to do something simple, but his ability to create atmosphere explodes across the page.

The bold colors of this piece totally reflect the spirit of the student who created it.  Every day, a little ball of sunshine sat in the front row of my classroom.

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For further information about the Listening to the Wall series, please visit these links:

Reconstructing the Lennon Wall

Listening to the Wall: Part 1

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c.b.w. 2012


34 thoughts on “Listening to the Wall: Part 2

  1. The pictures are groovy, man. Like, far out. 🙂

    In all seriousness, I do like imagining no possessions, no greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man, all the people sharing all the world. You may say I’m a dreamer…but I’m not the only one.

    Yes, Lennon said it best. If only.


  2. You have some seriously talented and thoughtful students. The fellow in the middle – wow! I started to read some of the writing in the background. He sure had some interesting things to say. This really is a fantastic project that I think every teacher should follow. 🙂


    • I’d really love to expand the project, but the logistics are tricky. This year, I hope to find a way to extend the idea of the wall into the main lobby of the school.

      The student in the middle graduated this year and I have no doubt he’s going to be a bright light in the world. 🙂


  3. Every post about The Wall moves me deeply. such richness of creativity and heart abounds through each piece. It takes a wonderful teacher to inspire and encourage students to work from within and share their souls.


  4. My inner curmudgeon breathes a contented sigh knowing that these young people have been set loose on the world. The world needs them, and needs you to nurture their compassionate and hopeful hearts. And I am so delighted to know that John Lennon’s hopes and dreams and art continue to influence another generation.


    • This lesson is one I hope my students never forget as they head out into the real world. Whatever happens, they have the memory of knowing how act in a positive way. 🙂

      The wall really does revive my faith in humanity and like you it does my heart good to know these young people have a little light in them.


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