HOK #008 – Michele White


Meet Michele White.

“I love to travel, and I loved going to France, particularly Paris. I first went in my late 20s. I was working for a family, taking care of their children, and they took me along. I got to take a helicopter ride to a castle, and see fireworks over the Eiffel Tower. It was a great trip. I took my daughter back a few years ago. The culture and food are amazing. Did I mention the food? One of my favourite places I have visited there is Monet’s home. Now, pretty much every year I study Monet with my kindergarten students. I’m a teacher in this neighbourhood. I can share personal photos and anecdotes of the museum at Giverny and he’s the perfect artist to convey the beauty and wonder of culture and nature. If you expose children to the great masters of art young enough, there isn’t a barrier between them and the art – they understand beauty and have no inhibitions about interpreting what they see. Kids really respond to Monet and the gorgeous colours and forms in his work. They have lots of fun creating their own Monet-inspired art. They’re so proud of their paintings. Some carefully placed blobs in pastel colours and voila! A woman said to my daughter and I, as we waited in the parking lot at Monet’s home: “Children are never too young to learn about beauty.” That’s why we do it.” – Collected by Kate Settle

Humans of Kitchissippi is a special street photography project designed to introduce readers to some of the people who live, work, and play in Kitchissippi. Each instalment of HOK contains three elements: a photo, a name, and a quote from the subject that reveals a little bit about who they are. View our growing collection of humans right here.


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