Lefens created breakthrough techniques for these students that gave full, exacting control of the creative process for such remarkable young artists as Natalia with her brash wit, the brooding Mike with his Harley-Davidson hat, the mischievous Chet, the passionate cowgirl Cindy, and Angel, the volcanic Latino.
Flying Colors, an immensely inspiring story about leaping over obstacles, reveals the passion and determination of one man, his student-artists, and their emergence together from a virtual silence to luminous expression.
©2002 Tim Lefens; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
This audiobook has a lot of good things going for it, but the writing is not one of them. It's a nonfiction book written by a visual artist, not a writer. He writes about how he began a adaptive arts program for disabled people to allow them to paint. He starts the careers of many talented artists some of whom had never spoken or been able to communicate much in their lives. The narrator is excellent, but the writing style is not very mature. The author doesn't use contractions, even when reproducing very informal dialog, and the narrative is frequently punctuated with thinly veiled self-congratualtory commentary. But the subject of his story, and it's narrative, are really very worthwhile -- if you can put up with a few imperfections.
This book pulls you in and you do not want to let go.... best I have read "listened to" in years!
The wheelchair painting....
His tone and intination were wonderful!
Yes, very extreme emotianlly intense!
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