Great Oaks From Little Acorns Grow
Title: Great Oaks From Little Acorns Grow
This print expresses Miss Alice’s love of teaching and why she considered teaching to be her most important contribution. She saw potential and possibility in every child’s life and she saw a teacher’s role as nurturing that child, that acorn, to become as tall and strong an oak tree that he or she could become.
Tim Moseley, Miss Alice’s son, says
In this print, I am not sure what she wanted to convey with those angelic little girls in their clean white dresses playing so pro-socially, as contrasted to the boys, the younger one looking so trusting and simple and the older one, with that demonic look on his face. As a teacher, I think mom got the most pride in nurturing, not the acorns with all their potential, but the weed patch kids who she alone could see as having a possibility of turning into flowers.
Miss Alice’s greatest joy, as a teacher, was being able to motivate many of the unmotivated.
Available print is 10×16 and will arrive unmatted in cardboard tube.
Original is not currently part of the Museum collection.