Innes Borstel, Boy with Binoculars, 2021, Ink and watercolor on paper, 15 x 12 inches.
After an uncertain spring of 2020 with school closures, I was happy to go back to work that autumn. New COVID precautions allowed me to re-envision my preschool classroom as a mostly outdoor space. Parents were on board and supplied all the snow pants, rain gear, etc. and we moved outside, balancing warm-up or cool-down time inside as needs allowed. The extended outdoor time allows the children to deepen their experience of the natural world. The facemask easily became the new normal for the children—albeit a temporary episode in their lives. Our many outdoor adventures continues to provide a focus for my daily sketch practice, which I have been doing for almost ten years.
All profits to my art sales will go to benefit the Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University. All pieces are presented in repurposed frames.
Innes Borstel is a preschool teacher at the Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University. During COVID, she moved her class of 3 to 5 year-olds outside, spending 80% of each day outdoors, all year round. She has been making daily ink and pencil sketches for almost ten years. You can follow her @inneskay on Instagram