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La Vereda Art Class #4: Watercolor Paintings of “What We Love”

3 Feb

This past week we resumed our art class after a two week hiatus.  Luz asked if we’d want to host it on Monday instead of Saturday because the children had the day off.  We did, but for some reason most of the girls were missing that day.  I’ll have to see what happened this week; maybe they didn’t find out the schedule had changed.

In any case,  I had been planning and preparing for awhile to work with the children on making wood sculptures.  Robert was kind enough to get some wood scraps for free but he hadn’t had a chance to cut the pieces down yet so we reverted to Plan B.  I had picked up some watercolors and watercolor paper when I was in Florida last week, and I thought it would be fun for the children to have a chance to draw and paint.  In thinking about an engaging motivation for the lesson, I looked ahead to what I hope will be the culmination of my work with the children- a public mural designed and painted by them in their neighborhood.  I thought the theme of “what we love” would be inspiring and easily accessible to all the kids and might provide a springboard for our mural in the coming weeks.  When the children arrived we asked them to write down 5 things they love- it could be an object, place, person, event, action- basically anything.

Here are some of their lists:

sweets, lollipop, juice, chicken, coconut

lollipop, ice cream, bicycle, trucks, pistols

Dad, coconut, bicycle, car, orange

juice, orange, chicken, dog, ball

Not surprisingly our student Miguel who arrived to class sucking on a paleta (it’s how you say lollipop in DR, but it literally translates as “reed”) inspired many of the children to “remember” that they love paletas so that showed up on lots of lists, haha!  The children are also very fond of chicken (obviously a staple of the Dominican diet, but also a special takeout treat that is economical enough for many to afford), oranges (I need to ask the children where they are getting their oranges because every orange I’ve tried here so far has been meh…not so tasty), and coconuts (si!  hooray for coconuts!).  It was fun to read the children’s lists and ask them about the things they really like and love.  I’m not completely sure but it seems like the group isn’t really used to being asked such questions.  This type of question from a teacher seems to be a new experience for the kids.  Sometimes they seem a little embarrassed or shy at first, but then they seem to enjoy the opportunity to express an idea of such personal interest to them.

The children were given sharpie markers to make a drawing of something (or more than one thing) they love.  It could be from their list, or it could be something else they didn’t put on their list.  After they made their drawings we put out watercolors so the children could add color to their drawings.

Here are some pictures from our class:






Some finished paintings:

"Coconut, apple, cup of juice" -Miguel

"Chicken, apple, cup, rocket, car." -Luis Eduardo

"Sun, coconut, cookie, spongebob, orange, and a car." -Brayan

"Robot & Spongebob" -Guillermo

Briley's Painting

"Ice cream. I like the red." -Onasis

"I made a waterfall. It's similar to a beach by a river." -Diana

We like to celebrate our work too:

Smiles & Paintings!

Check out our marvelous paintings!

This weekend our class will hopefully be working on wood sculptures…and I hope to start working on the mural project with the children very soon.  Will keep you updated!

xo A


La Vereda Clase de Arte #3

10 Jan

Hola! Look at our fantastic puppets!

This week I thought it would be fun for the children to make puppets.  A number of students had been representing faces and/or figures in their previous collages and I thought making puppets would be a great way to encourage more of that exploration, as well as provide the opportunity for the kids to “dig in” to some really exciting materials like scraps of fabric, beads, shiny paper, string, etc.  We got sooo lucky because the night before the class I was thinking I’d just cut up some of Renzo’s (and my) old clothes, but Taty ended up having a super duper stash (2 barrels full!) of fantastic fabric!  Thanks to Taty, we scored the perfect fabric scraps for the project…bright colors, interesting textures, vivid patterns, opaque & translucent.  We did end up cutting up one of Renzo’s t-shirts as well which inspired an impressive puppet outfit fashioned by one of the older boys in the group!  It was so fun to see the children so engaged in their work; the personal nature of creating their own figure/character was really powerful and I hope to continue drawing on that.

There’s more I want to say but there’s been so much going otherwise that I need to write up another post or two tonight on other topics to catch you all up before we leave for Puerto Plata in the morning…and I’m worried I won’t have enough time because it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to upload all the amazing photos I want to share with you.  The internet is not quite the same here, lol.  Anyway, yes we are FINALLY going to the beach after 3 months of being in the Caribbean!  We are staying with friends for 5 days and will be celebrating my birthday there…yippeee!  (Samba gets to come too…double yippee!!!  My family is coming too…triple yippee!!!)

In any case, I’m going to keep this post short and let the pics from our class speak for themselves:

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xo A