Our last workshop with
At this workshop, we tried a new visual art technique with the kids, called Mirror Image Painting. The idea is to paint something on one side of a sheet of paper, then fold it over to transfer some of the color onto the other side. It is a simple technique that can easily be adapted to the physical needs of each child. Since the results are somewhat unpredictable, it is very exciting for the kids each time they open the folded paper. This helped keep their attention!
I was working with Phil a lovely little boy who has Cerebral Palsy. His strained facial and bodily expressions saddened me a bit, but he is wonderful and I loved him immediately! It was difficult for him to hold the brush at first, because his hand was always cramped to a fist. So as we began, I showed him the colors and did my best to calm him down. Soon he opened his hand, and I was able to slip the brush through his fist. At first he didn’t direct the brush at all. I gently took his hand and we painted together. As we worked, I tried to call his attention to the painting. When he was following the brush with his eyes, I gave him a bit more space but continued holding his hand. This way, it didn’t rise uncontrolled into the air, but he still had space to do some of the painting himself. And that worked very well! There were a few moments when he seemed to be concentrated on the paper and directed the brush alone. I was really happy and deeply moved at the same time! But it seemed to be really exhausting for him and he had to work hard, so I let him rest several times. He couldn’t tell me how he felt, but I hope he enjoyed it a lot!
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