The “Visual Arts team Stanford” is continuing to offer art facilitation to the children at Die Bron primary in Stanford. Die Bron has welcomed and supported this initiative. Our aim is to bring art into the school environment and enrich the children’s learning experience and self expression.
This term we explored colours, worked on collaborative drawings on big paper sheets with Beatrice Pook and created Mandalas , name design and still life with Tracy Algar.
The children have received the sessions with much joy and excitement. Each artist has worked with a dedicated group of learners over the past 3 weeks and each group is developing their own internal process, themes and also challenges to overcome and work with.
It is wonderful to observe how the art process can assist children in dealing with their inner lives and each child slowly can find individual expression in colour, form and movement.
It is also interesting that the process is not always easy and smooth. We have to face challenges on the way. Feelings of comparing ones work to the others can be the first step of awareness and acceptance of one self and one’s own abilities.
We, as facilitators, are holding the space in the spirit that there is no wrong or right, good or bad but rather there just IS expression and it is unique for each one of us. Once we can establish a space of freedom and non judgement i believe we create the fertile ground for growth and education via strength based approach.
Art can be a medium for growth, skills development, communication, building understanding and confidence. Each stroke is a reflection of the themes and the beauty within and each child is a natural artist.