The work they created today for the exhibition 'Beauty in us' was gorgeous and it is a shame I will not be around to help finish the project. The idea is to layer the paintings the boys have done on acetate with photos of them during the workshops that they have been doing and these will then be framed for an exhibition.
Although I was sad that it was my last day being creative with Nong Mai it was also a wonderful day. I could feel his hands grip strongly around his brush and paint all by himself with just the smallest bit of help from my hands as he rested the brush on them. He was definitely eager to paint and over the very short time I have spent with him I have noticed how strong and alert he is becoming. He is now more aware of the paintings he is producing and smiles brightly as he looks over at his own beautiful work. I look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things he will do next as I believe there is a lot of talent buzzing about this little man. I wish all you future volunteers a wonderful journey while you are here, what an amazing experience it has been for me and I only hope I can make it back here again some day. Goodbye for now. Liz.xx
The first workshop was with the youngest children there who we did crayon resist paintings with. Before creating their own unique animals in wax crayon we introduced them to some animals and their names in English. Their reactions to the animal sounds we played to them was wonderfully amusing as they jumped at the bear growling and giggled at the monkey and enjoyed acting out all the animal movements and noises. We had meowing cats, little flapping chirping birds, cheeky monkeys and powerful grizzly bears all roaming around the floor. The children then separated into groups and began to draw their animals with concentration and imagination. Outside we set up a painting station for them so they could cover their pictures in watered down paint and enjoy the finished result of their creations which then dried in the heat of the day, which i was beginning to melt in!
My first workshop here was held on Friday 12th June, at Baan Piranan, a residential home for children with cerebral palsy, run with complete love and dedication by Khun Piranan, an occupational therapist who takes care of the four boys there just now.
We decided to plan and run a workshop to introduce a few animals to the children through pictures, sounds and sponge stamps. To increase the children's interest in stamping, the stamps were made out of sponges in the forms of animals (cats, birds and elephants). I was very excited to meet the boys and interact with them through art and play. We started with an ice-breaker and showed the children pictures of the animals and linked these with each animals unique natural sound played to them through the speakers. The boys responded positively to this and the room was filled with a wonderful combination of children's laughter and animal noises. We then set-up the art stations and began to paint and stamp with the boys.
The echoes of laughter throughout the house from the gorgeously happy Nong Mai who I was working with added to the fun and creativity we were all sharing during the workshop. Through progressive interaction and understanding I was able to connect with Nong Mai and enjoyed tapping the table with him and ringing the bell on his sponge extender while he painted, he also enjoyed holding and tapping my arm while painting. The work produced by the boys was beautiful. The whole experience was amazing and reaffirmed my decision to follow my dreams and study Art Therapy on my return to Scotland. Liz.xx
On Thursday morning, June the 11th, a van full of volunteers drove into the middle of nowhere to Wildflowers. Although the unwinding wall was already up there was something left to be done: The residents of Wildflowers needed a roof to protect them from the Thai heat and the Thai rain. So a company of Thai roofer, Thai women and international volunteers chopped and carried bamboo to cover the wall with it, while another group of volunteers were cleaning bottlenecks which protruded from the wall inside and were full of mud because of the rain.
In the afternoon different obligations called the volunteers to go back to Chiang Mai. So they got on in the van again: dirty and smelling, but with a smile on their face. Knowing that they will come back again. Although they brought the project a big step forward, there are still a lot of bamboo rods to add on the roof and a lot of bottlenecks to be cleaned.
Working with Ban Piranan has also been a wonderfull experiance. When the kids in Ban Piranan smile and laugh they light up the room. Last week we done some stenciling with them which they enjoyed. We stenciled images of bugs onto leaves which were suspended from the ceiling.This will give the kids something to look at when they are lying down and resting. Tomorrow we are going to introduce them to sculpture in the from of building blocks and homemade non-toxic play dough.
Hi every one.This is Suzy from Ireland .I have been volunteering with cultural canvas for the last two weeks, and what a busy two weeks they have been.I have been working with two groups.One group are from Freedom House and the other group are Ban Piranan.
Before I arrived in Chiand Mai I had come up with an idea for a project to make a small book of local stories with accompanying images.It was decieded that working with Freedom House was a good option for this book. The students at Freedom House are mostly Shan from Burma,now living in Thailand. They range in ages from 5 to young adults.Each and every student took on the project with enthusiasm.The first step in the project was to get the students to tell stories.This brought great joy to the group.The next step was to translate the story into thai and English, Amp from the office worked very hard on this.Two of the students who have beautiful Shan writing started to document the stories in Shan.
After much work was done on the translation we started work on the images for the book and the book covers.Each student made a fantastic job of both. This group has been so great to work with, and so helpfull to each other when they work.The older one helping the younger ones and sometimes the younger one helping the older ones. All that is left is to print he pages and bind the books