I go to a Catholic school, and every year, my school arranges for each of the 9 separate sections (or classes) in each grade level to have what’s called a recollection - it’s when your section gets to skip lessons for a day and do spiritual things together like praying and opening up to each other about your feelings and stuff. Prior to the actual recollection - or in my case, since I’m a Senior, a 3-day retreatsomewhere up in the mountains - you get to nag your friends and classmates to give you retreat letters that usually contain “thanks for everything”s and all the reasons why they think you’re cool, which you get to read (and bawl your eyes out over) during your retreat.
Because it’s kinda hard to keep all the letters you get organized, my classmates and I each got to personalize our own PO-Box-esque brown envelopes that we taped on the back wall of our classroom, and this is mine!
I get an envelope full of letters every year, but this one’s especially significant because I’m on my last year of high school, and these retreat letters are probably the last ones I’m ever going to receive. On top of that, of all the 4 years I’ve been a student at my school, Senior year’s the first time I’ve ever felt a real bond with my classmates. I went into my final year before college wanting it to go by as quickly as possible, but these letters made me realize how much I’m gonna miss my Senior section and how sad I’m going to be when I graduate. So I guess I just wanna say kudos to everyone who wrote me a letter for making me feel depressed and shit. I love you all to bits.
Made some “thank you” cards for token bags that my classmates and I are giving to families during an outreach trip to the province this week! In case you’re wondering about process, I basically just drew the lettering and foliage with brush & ink, scanned the drawing and adjusted the colors on Photoshop, then printed the finished design onto recycled paper, which my dad (I’m very clumsy with a box cutter) then cut into little cards.
"Thank you for opening your doors and allowing us to stay with you."
Probably isn’t much of a big deal considering they send hundreds of these out every year, but you can’t imagine how stoked I was when I found this on my desk when I got back home from school yesterday. I knew beforehand about how renowned Ringling is for their awesome student materials, and HOT DAMN did I do right by not expecting to be disappointed by some sad little crumpled A5 pamphlet:
If anything, I’m the polar opposite of disappointed. This info pack is the freaking Iron Man of art-school-catalog-Avengers.
(Whoever came up with the idea to put a virtual tour via thumb drive in this package is a genius and should win an award)
I thought it’d be easier to avoid drawing during class without a sketchbook in my bag but doing that only made me end up vandalizing the covers of my lecture notebooks. On the bright side, my things are about 80% less boring to look at!