At last I am writing, after what feels like several months since I have left Peru, although it in reality it has only been one month since that difficult day when I left South America. 2015 is shaping into a memorable one and, while I miss Peru and the wonderful people I came to know, I am lucky to have started working in a school back here in Canada, working with ESL students from Mexico, and soon, Colombia. It is wonderful to be able to speak Spanish, or at least listen to it, as I try my best not to speak to students in Spanish unless I need to explain something complex.
It is strange being back in a rainy spring in Canada, after leaving the end of a scorching summer in Peru. My work there over January, February and March kept me immersed in colours, as well as words with La Cometa Lectora. With March came the end of summer vacation, and the wrapping up of summer art workshops; each week included leading three or four drawing or painting classes/workshops, some in the ICPNA (Peruvian-American Cultural Institute) and the rest in the village of La Ladrillera. Kids and their parents in both programs were very appreciative of the creative activity time during the long, hot days. Many beautiful pieces of artwork are now adorning family living rooms, while drawings from La Ladrillera will be used to illustrate a children’s storybook to be released later this year 😀
The art exposition at the end of February in the ICPNA; seen here are values painted on wood, which now adorn the different Project Chiclayo program locations. These were completed largely by the 12-14 year olds, although all the workshop participants learned how to draw 3-D letters.
The values (l-r): faith, friendship, happiness and union/togetherness.
The kids loved the “squiggly line” project, but learned that it takes patience!
Below the squiggly lines, they had to create collages with recycled paper and then draw their collages.
More on my final months in Chiclayo to follow.
I am finally getting over the worst of reverse culture shock,
and remembering all these experiences is bitter-sweet, although mostly sweet.
Hope you enjoyed looking at the artwork–each piece (or draft) has quite the story behind it!!