A kindergartner is a true artist. As they move through time and space, they are forever interested in knowing the truth of whatever they encounter. Likewise purposeful in their manipulation and representation, they arrange their subject matter with honest intent, unafraid of their own deliberate reasons. Artistry, at its core, always accounts for an audience, even if that audience is singularly the artist, him or herself. Of course, most of kindergarteners’ art is meant for themselves, and, as such, it never deviates from its pure honesty. If you ask them, they’ll tell you: it’s exactly what they intend it to be, and they see it clearly for what it represents. Likewise, in the same state of mind, a kindergartener will also produce honestly for a larger audience, especially under the reassurance that their audience desires their art. Merrick’s students have lately applied their innate artistry to the Japanese form of Ikebana, the centuries-old philosophy of flower arrangement. Traditionally, the form extends from Buddhist ideals emphasizing how the careful arrangement of objects represents time and space, the elemental forms that organize the universe. Since a kindergartner is already more attuned to truth in time and space than most humans of older ages, they are more inclined to apply the natural rhythms surrounding them to their own deliberate representational placement of the three elements: heaven, humans, and earth. To assist their process, Merrick provided them with minimal and purposeful guidance: they watched a short video on the ancient art form, they drew planned concepts of their eventual compositions, they perused an art book on the subject, and, after such planning, they were given flowers and a base. Most importantly, they were informed that their arrangements would be gifts for their mothers. Therefore, already highly attuned to their own unique tastes, the kindergarteners channeled their natural enthusiasm for their designs to reflect their mothers’ shared aesthetics. Their minds were clear and focused; they made their specific decisions exactly, lacking exaggeration and superfluity, and they emphasized beauty in simplicity and sincerity. Through shape, line, and form, nature and humanity returned to their truest state of shared harmony. To understand the essence of spiritualism, for all its theoretical and didactic implications, look to the work of kindergarteners. They know.