The light bulb moment, by Stephen Hofgartner

The light bulb moment, by Stephen Hofgartner

Stephen Hofgartner is a Volunteer Coordinator at Art Road Nonprofit

Have you ever taught someone something?  Did you notice the moment they “got” it?

In art class we had the ultimate “light bulb moment.”  We had a mildly autistic student that is being mainstreamed and working hard to adjust to his fellow students and the different class subjects.  In art class he was struggling with the project and our volunteer spent the entire period giving him special help.  In the course of the class, he was able to do the project as well as everyone else and he was beaming at his success.  You could see the “light bulb” go off, he understood what to do and saw his ability to be like his classmates on equal terms. 

His classroom teacher took me aside during class and told me that this was the first time since he began school that he smiled!  It was an emotional moment for me, our art instructor, and our volunteer.  It validated that art can reach everyone and bring joy!  It was emotional for the classroom teacher who saw her student being happy with school for the first time.  It proves that art class can reach all students and help them feel success and accomplishment on a personal level that will carry over to other areas in school.