Project One: First Step Daycare Fundraiser, Deadwood, SD
|This was the quietest they were |
I had a budget to get some paint, brushes, and canvases. Eight canvases to be exact. Initially I only wanted to work with 4 kids this age, but decided 8 would be the absolute limit. Kids have a limited attention span and my patience could only handle that many with loaded paint brushes at one time!
|Getting their ideas down on paper.|
The second visit entailed just a practice day with the use of mixing paints, applying paint, how to use their brushes, including keeping them clean. Oh, and NO black or brown paint was allowed on their palettes. Kids like to overuse those colors and everything eventually looks like mud.
|Pencil drawing by one of the kids.|
|Painting lesson day: Learning to handle 2 different sized |
brushes and how to mix paints.
A problem started happening with the attendance having different kids almost every day. Trying to have the same children throughout was proving to be difficult. Also, the new kids wanted to do the project, but they were already behind in lessons. Hoo boy. We made it work. In fact, one of the kids who started a lesson late, Gavin, proved to be a natural artist. I liked his work so much, that his drawing replaced one of the original children's drawings (also, this child's schedule didn't allow her to be there when I was...thus, she wasn't able to finish the project).
|Enlarged kids' drawings with their crayon sketches next to them.|
|Base coat of red over all of them. Bring on the kids!|
The third visit, I got in the room, set up the desks, put out the plastic tarps, filled all the palettes, put out water, brushes, paper towels.... You know how many of the original 8 kids showed up? Three. So... we got three out of 8 finished.
The next time I arrived, I managed to get a few more original kids, but the ones whose drawings I didn't choose, were allowed to paint the canvases of the kids who didn't show for the final day. So, those paintings will have both names on them.
Here are the proud artists with their paintings. Some of them are the original artist & painter, and some are the painter only.
Nyla Griffith, one of the main people to make sure this day care facility became a reality for the city of Deadwood, will be making poster of one of these paintings to advertise the fundraiser. I'll publish that later!