So now that we’ve been back in NYC for a couple of weeks and are unpacked and settled, I finally have the time to post about our last week in DR working with the children of La Vereda and the completion of their beautiful mural!
I wanted to leave each child with a parting gift, and since we had plenty of art supplies left over from our classes, I decided to divide everything up into little art packs for the children. Renzo and I decided we would give one to each child at the mural celebration party we had planned:
The last session of our mural painting was really exciting! We had asked the children to think about the type of animals they might see, and we provided visual references for them to work from. In addition we did some last minute touch ups and added a few details including a banner held by two birds in the sky which reads “Painted by the Children of La Vereda 2012”.
Here are some images of our last day of painting:
Renzo and I organized a mural celebration as a culminating event for the children. We had snacks and music, and we had a chance to give the children their art packs and say goodbye. It was bittersweet.
One last pic of the painters and the finished mural:
Those last few days in DR were quite a whirlwind of painting, celebrating, saying goodbyes, and packing! It turned out we had WAY more stuff with us than we could bring back on the plane, so we ended up giving plenty of things away. I had some extra art supplies from my personal stash that I decided to give to Diana and Guillermo, two of the older students in our art class who happen to be siblings. I was really touched when we stopped by their house to see that the project had inspired them to start making paintings at home using the supplies from their art packs…and what made it even better was that their dad was painting with them! It turns out their dad likes to paint and has paintings all over their home. It was just lovely to see a family making and enjoying art together. We left the cans of varnish and brushes with them and they promised to put a clear coat on top of the mural for us.
Here is a before and after of the full mural:
I hope the children remain proud of their work. It is quite amazing that our group started with no formal art experience! I think the children have created a beautiful gift for their community. I love their painting and I hope the people of La Vereda enjoy it for quite some time. I would love to see more opportunities for children in the campo to express their creativity.
Well this may be my last post. I would love to post once more to just recap my favorite images from our 5 months in Dominican Republic, but the reality is now that we are back in NYC we are in full baby-preparation mode so time is limited these days. We’ll see.
Thanks to everyone who followed the blog and our journey for all of these months. It was really an incredible and life-changing experience and I feel so grateful to everyone in our lives who supported us (family, friends, & employers) and made our journey possible.
Now, we are embarking on yet another journey…parenthood! So it’s only fitting that there will be a new blog coming soon…
I haven’t set it up, so there’s nothing to see or read there quite yet. But I promise to send out an email and post on facebook once it’s up and running.
Once again, gracias para todo tu amor y soporte!
Much, much love to you all!