A small group of students in the Senior Secondary Class 1 gathered Saturday to take part in a community building workshop. The goal of the workshop was to learn new ways to build community among peers who live and work together everyday. Through different challenges the girl learned new ways of communication, teamwork and trust.
Students begin to explore using simple techniques for drawing different objects from sight. They were most excited about drawing Antonio the mannequin.
Several girls volunteered as the first members of the art/literacy club inspired by previous work with LitWorld, a non-profit organization. The club will use art, poems and books to emphasize the power and individuality in each girls story. The first meeting allowed girls of various ages with similar interests to come together to establish expectations of what they wanted to keep in or out of their club, symbolized by the circle of hands.
Our first lessons were very simple as we explored some of the basic Elements and Principles of Art and Design.
Students took turns exploring the many different types of lines spotted around the classroom and even began to use those lines as inspiration for their first assignment.
The girls could barely contain their excitement when they were able to finally begin exploring the new art supplies in the fine art studio!
With just an empty bookshelf, cardboard, duct tape, and a sharpie, organization of all the donated supplies was made possible! Each item has been labeled and listed to help materials stay in the Fine Art Studio for all to benefit.
The new supply shelf will not only help students identify various materials, but give them a sense of ownership to help maintain each materials integrity and place in the Art Studio.
As the students enjoyed their extended Easter Break at home, I promised they would see color on the walls once they returned.
Another school run by the Sisters of Notre Dame is the Providence School in Edo State. We joined them for a celebration and watched the students perform a selection of native dances.
The girls were thrilled to read through all the letters brought from students in both Poughkeepsie and Glenville before choosing a penpal partner or two!