Rafael Lopez withdrawal? Is that listed in the DSM? Could I get a doctor's note?
Seriously, after months of preparing "It's like a wedding," everyone kept saying all week, the day with Rafael came and went in an instant. He is now tucked in his bed in sunny San Diego while we are looking out at Rafael's "favorite" color gray skies in Castleton.*
I can honestly say that his visit changed lives, opened minds, inspired, energized and brought our whole entire Schodack Central School District community and beyond together. His murals come with life changing bonds and we witnessed it on Friday. Kindergarteners and 12th graders. Teaching assistants and principals. Secretaries and third graders. Grandmother volunteers and 7th graders. Dads and fifth grade poets. First graders and moms. Flute players and girl percussionists. A superintendent and art teachers. Future artists and future engineers. This day was a memory maker.
|Can you spy Rafael? Look for his hat!|
Major kudos to our community for letting me place a piece of Rafael permanently in the homes of every single student at Castleton Elementary School.
Thank you, Rafael for bringing your magic to Castleton. Your fairy dust will last forever along with your marks on the wall outside our library. Muchos gracias, mon amigo.
*Gray is the color that Rafael highlighted in Eric Carle's collaborative book, What's Your Favorite Color? The truth is that Rafael's favorite colors are purple, orange and black. Gray goes with everything, he says and so does he. 6th grade boys who exclaim they will never wash the hand that Rafael touched again, is just one little proof that his own gray octopus arms impact all.
Want to dive into our visit more? Check out these district tweets:
.@CastletonES welcomed artist and illustrator @RafaelLopezArt today like only our school can. Thank you for inspiring our students! pic.twitter.com/4AaIXfLbNJ— Schodack CSD (@SchodackCSD) April 5, 2019
Make sure to check out the whole thread on this one:
Celebrated artist and illustrator @RafaelLopezArt visited Schodack CSD today where he inspired students of all grades with his passion for art. (1/6) pic.twitter.com/gWzMKyVNQP— Schodack CSD (@SchodackCSD) April 5, 2019
And here's the link a story about Rafael's visit from our district webpage:
A leap at the end of the day with Mrs. Gregoire, our amazing art teacher.
I shed many tears throughout the day, especially when I had to say goodbye. Saludos.