It made me think how people get to know themselves by facing something unknown and doing something to find out about it and about themselves. Making art is perfect for that. It involves activity, interaction, experience - listening and learning, seeing, touching, expanding the mind and heart in some way or another. I guess that is why kids all seem to enjoy art so much, seeing something through from start to finish and having a solid result. Dozens of these little experiences add up to developing useful skills and confidence, and can lead to bigger experiences in a lot of different directions. "Do the thing and you have the power - just do it."
|Russian village in the style of Ivan Biliban|
|Not so different from us|
|Flags for the coming diorama|
At the end of the week, on Fridays, teachers and students at Phoenix Rising shift gears from normal activities and curriculum to engage in all sorts of fun, interesting workshops, usually lasting six to eight weeks. I'm gearing up for puppetry/nature journaling and for lamp making. But my most recent Friday mornings have brought me kids ages four to seven, and each session has felt like the happiest little party. They choose to draw and paint or work with felt and clay or just play with blocks.
|Zophia's first clay bunny of her "whole entire ever life!"|
Alexa and I fashioned a big new pouch so she has a place to store her many small ones.