When the cold I've been fighting for weeks finally hits full force, I cope with feeling lousy by sitting at the kitchen table andmaking images in a 5x7" sketchbook. Low exertion, excellent healing activity. Thankful for a few days' down time, glad I can do this.
Over the last month I've had the honour of making art with students at a primary school. They are creating a Legacy Project in which every student paints a rock with a word or symbol of something that they would like to be remembered by. The rocks will then be permanently installed outdoors on the school grounds.
I brought in some canvas pieces as well. This way each student creates two things: the painted rock becomes part of their permanent Legacy at the school, and the painting on canvas is theirs to keep.
Some of the students have not painted on rocks, or on canvas, before this. It's been great fun introducing them to transparent and opaque painting techniques, and talking about what sort of legacy they want to leave at the school.
I wish I'd remembered to take photos of all the classes' work! But I get very involved with the kids and their art, and I forget about these details... ah well, I got a few good ones :)
Below are some of my favourites from the Grade 1 classes:
The wonderful thing about working with kids is that they have no fear, for the most part, about making art. It's very energizing to be immersed in that kind of creative environment.
In the words of a certain well-known song: "Life is but a dream". Yup. And I'm feeling very happily lucky to row this boat. :)