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Catching up!

3 Feb

At first I thought I’d skip it…but then I figured I’d just catch everyone up on what’s been going on…

So a brief recap-

We did have art class this week…and I’ll be writing about that and some other exciting news in my next few posts!

But in the meantime…

I wanted to catch everyone on up on what was going on here in the last 2 weeks of January.

MI CUMPLEAÑOS EN LA PLAYA
First, we were in Puerto Plata visiting some of my favorite people on the planet, our family friends Thelma and Joe.  We hadn’t been to the beach yet and we’d been here since October, so we thought we’d go stay with them for a few days for my birthday.  Not only that, but my grandfather Poppy, my two cousins Sami & Gary, and my Uncle Eddie, all flew in to visit and spend time by the beach as well.  It was amazing!  Joe and Thelma even let us bring Samba!  It was Gary’s birthday too (same day as mine)!

Some of the highlights were relaxing & swimming at the beach, eating at the Argentinian steakhouse on the malecon, singing karaoke, walking downtown, and bringing Samba on his first trip to the beach.  What a great time we all had!

Here are a few pics:

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Well that was our trip!

Check out my next few posts featuring: El Dia de la Virgen de la Altagracia, Watercolor Paintings on La Vereda, and Making Medicine with Jose Ramon!

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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