After the kids got started drawing on their own flags, their imagination and skill really took hold, and I happily saw them creating detailed drawings using pens and colored pencils. In the end they created some beautiful flags which they whirled around much to the envy of their other friends watching outside.
Everyone here in the CAP program shares the same passion for art as a means for finding and making connections outwardly as well as inwardly. As volunteers we design art workshops that we take out to other organizations working in Chiang Mai. I have yet to participate but look forward to tomorrow when we will go to Hope Home, an organization the works with children with mental and physical disabilities.
There is so much need on so many levels. And and CCT's work reaches out far and wide in to the Chiang Mai community. From the staff to the volunteers the energy, enthusiasm and level of professionalism is top notch. I am so pleased to be here.
This past Wednesday we went to Hope Home with our homemade musical instruments in hand. Tambourines, guitars and flutes made from paper towel rolls and boxes made our musical day fun. While Natalie and Paradon created streamers and danced, waving them through the air, the rest of us were decorating our instruments with markers and paint. Boomrat, Phil, Joy and Pancake had a blast listening to the different sounds each instrument made after they decorated.Phil enjoyed strumming the guitar with his feet and Pancake loved the guitar as well. I worked with Boomrat who liked painting and drawing on the instruments and was more excited about painting than he was last week but he loved listening to the flute especially. I haven't seen him smile that big before. I would duck down and hide and then jump up playing the flute and he would be laughing so hard. We had a little jam session towards the end with Boomrat on the tambourine. It was such a fun workshop and even though I left a little lightheaded (from playing the flute so much), we had a great time.
Hi everybody! My name is Erika and I arrived in Chiang Mai this past Saturday. Besides the blazing hot weather, I love it here. The food is amazing, the people are really nice and so far everything has been great. Today was my first day at the Canvas Art program's office where I met all the people I will be working with for the next four weeks. I jumped right into drawing out some projects for tomorrow and I'm really excited to be working with all these different groups of people.