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This painting was done last year by my son Andy, the day before his 13th birthday. He started it in the morning and I helped by advising him as he worked on it all through the day. It’s the best work he’s done so far.

Unfortunately, Andy’s art teacher here in Japan (where we live) is well-known for grading based on his own subjective feelings. If he likes a student they will get an A, if not they are lucky to get a B. Andy’s grade for the semester he made this painting was a C.

At first, I wanted to visit the school to complain but my wife and son said best not to go. His teacher is famous for his vindictiveness and attempts to have him fired have been unsuccessful, so far. Best to let it go, they felt, as long as there is a chance Andy might…

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