Yesterday was Earth Day and I went to my daughter, Chloe's (right above) school to faciliate the clothing drive I had planned. I got there only find that, the school hadnot approved my idea because they were dealing with alot the preivous week. I could have looked at it as a failure but I made them promise that we would do it the following week and maybe even more classes. Later in the day the prinicpal called me to say that was a great idea definately worth pursuing. In the end what happened was an obstacle and I spent the day with some fabulous young people.
The class is a Grade 1/ Grade 2 spilt. The students listened to my 7 minute presentation in small groups about using upcycled boxboard in my artwork along with other collected treasures. I talked about being in book project Pebbles In The Pond and asked them if they thought they would ever want to write a book of their own, to which many said yes. We talked about traditional EarthDay topics but I gave the ideas context with my LifeFactory glass water bottle.
I was also asked to help them sketch. I showed them many techniques after they choose some natural items to illustrate.
I told them that everyone draws differently depending on the the size and shape of their hands. No two people can draw the same way. This gave them confidence to express themself without compairng to their neighbour.
I helped them make decorated brown paper bags for the beans plants they were bring home to celebrate Earth Day.
I got down on the floor and rolled up my sleeves to help the children and to show them some colour layering techniques with pastels, chalks, markers and crayons for a set of murals to go up in the windows.
At the end of the day all the kids crowded around me and said hugging me, "We love you Chloe's Mom. Thank you for coming in." What a rewarding experience to be doing something eco-lovely and hands on artwork with our next generation. eductaing them about Earth Dya, recycling and one day sharing their ideas with the world with a book of their own overshadowed the clothing drive for The Children's Wish Foundation which will have to wait until next week because I am travelling to San Diego on Thursday for a women's retreat with Tara Marino.