Summertime art fun

It is the middle of summer break for Peruvian school kids. It is hot and humid and most kids (and adults…) will do anything to head to the beach or the public pool, or get their hands on an helado or cremolada. Most kids are a bit bored at home and are eager to find activities to do. Especially in rural areas, mothers are working more than they normally do, particularly planting rice. Many children are also working long days planting rice alongside their parents. Others kids and families are off in the mountain regions or in Lima visiting relatives.

To make the most of the school break, two weeks ago I began two art classes for participants of Project Chiclayo. Drawing sessions are from 9am-12pm on Tuesdays and painting sessions are at the same time on Wednesdays. Each class includes 4 sessions, plus a final exhibition day. I am thankful that the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA, or Peruvian-American Cultural Institute) is lending us their auditorium, as they did in September-October, as it is wonderful to bring together participants from all 7 districts where Project Chiclayo operates, plus girls from another Centro Esperanza program site, in one central location. And it is very useful to have access to a a big room, projector, good sound system, carpeted floors to sit on, and air conditioning in the very warm summer temperatures. (Really. Very. Useful.)

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Here are some photos of what we have been busy with, 2 weeks into the classes…

???????????????????????????????‘Wavy lines’, a warm-up drawing activity. Thanks to Once Upon a Family for the idea!
??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????Each drawing is very unique and the youngest and oldest participants had a lot of fun with it!

IMG_5930 2Making collages and then drawing them–the kids had a great time with this!
And it was very good drawing and colouring practice–the kids did their best to mix different
pencil crayons together to match the colours in their collages.
They will be finishing their drawings at the beginning of today’s class.

IMG_5942 2Drawing from photographs. This 8-year-old girl is one of a few participants who does not participate in Project Chiclayo, but rather, in other Centro Esperanza programming in a more rural area. She is an amazing little artist!
???????????????????????????????Older students got to planning their large watercolour pencil crayon pieces,
to be officially started this morning.

In the first painting class, students first painted a background to cover their page. Then they learned how to draw 3-D letters. In the second class, they painted a value (friendship, love, respect, etc.) in 3-D or bubble letters on top of the background.
IMG_5961 2

IMG_5955 2Some backgrounds were very detailed.

IMG_5959 2This lovely Project Chiclayo participant (above) has a full scholarship for two years at the ICPNA,
where she studies English. She decided to paint several English words on her background.

IMG_5960 2This quiet boy became very excited when I said that the letters could be more than just one colour each…
he certainly found a way to use many colours in each one!

Well, mis amig@s, it is time to head to this week’s drawing class.
Best wishes for a fun week. 😀


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