• Hailey Gabron

Winter and Work: Weekly Drawing #1


Each week I will be offering a weekly drawing. While you will see my work in the Scribbling weekly, I encourage my fellow Holton classmates to also experiment and express your creativity through any art form! Personally, drawing, painting, and ceramics offer me an escape from the chaos of this COVID pandemic. You do not need to be a professional or a “good artist” to complete a simple, daily drawing. Remember that art is subjective, and the process of creating can be more meaningful than the outcome!

Often I think about my surroundings and draw from the life around me for inspiration. My inspiration from my first weekly drawing was from the dull, cold and raw winter nights we are currently experiencing. This black and white drawing embodies the seasonal depression many face during the bleak winter months. From 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., we are on our computers during online school, especially those who have elected to participate in the hybrid model, which can become exhausting and mentally draining for both teachers and students. The broken clock in the right corner symbolizes the long hours that creak by as we wait for warmer days. I feel as though this year is moving in slow motion, and each day is a repetitive cycle of the same futile tasks. COVID has completely changed the way we learn, but like everything in life, we adapt and change. There is light at the end of the tunnel. With trimester two almost over and spring coming closer and closer every week, we will get through it all.

March 5th marks the second-annual Mental Health Day Conference at Holton. While mental health is always a concern, the isolation of the pandemic has led to rising cases in both depression and anxiety. Limited social interactions, family tensions, and the threat of exposing oneself to an illness all increase stress and anxiety, threatening mental health. As the student body listens to speakers and engages in discussions around the topic of mental health, I want to offer weekly drawings as one tool to reduce anxiety during this pandemic. Grab a pencil, a sheet of paper, a sturdy book to lean on, curl up with a cup of tea or coffee, and let your creativity take over. You can thank me later!