The Clever Corvid

What is a “corvid”?

Usually when someone reads the name of my business, their face scrunches up with inquisition and they ask what a “corvid” is. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a corvid is any of a family (Corvidae) of stout-billed passerine birds including the crows, jays, magpies, and the raven. I have long associated myself with the raven; a silly bird that loves to tease, soar, and scavenge. They have ingenuity and a sense of community. Their feather coat shines like an oil slick and their head tilts in curiosity. They cul-culk in the trees thinking of creative ways to hide the shiny treats they’ve been able to find on the streets. I spend a lot of time talking to them and I’m constantly looking at the tree tops for my friends. My pup, Willow, loves to run after them as they playfully roll around on the ant hills. I feel very connected to these carefree, brilliant beings. They remind me of all the incredible students I have had over the years, using their brains and creative thoughts to develop fantastic concepts and art pieces. It is one of the reasons why I wanted to call my art education business “The Clever Corvid”.