What a lovely experience this has been, to work with over a hundred and sixty children between the ages of 7 and 12 over several weeks on a variety of projects. We've worked with clay, plaster, acrylics, watercolours, pencil, paper, canvas, panel, collage, printmaking, books, charcoal, and mixed media. The questions I get range from 'How old are you?' to 'Do you sing?', with the odd question about art thrown in between. I am hugged daily, told that I am loved and asked repeatedly if I'll be back again. Working with children certainly has its perks.
My favorite part of working with these children over a longer period of time is to see the completed works and how different and interesting each piece is on its own and how the work reads together as a group. I hope they've all learned something new and had some fun, as I have, and that this is an experience that they will remember for some time. Mostly I hope that they remember that they are creative and that their contribution is valuable.