Teaching children always amazes me; you give them the tools and techniques, but in the end, if you do the process with an open mind, you will find that they teach you more than you teach them since the process is reciprocal.
The way most of the kids paint is through playing and making up a story using their Imagination. Allowing this story-making and playing with forms and colors is very important for the creative process.
That is why working with mixed media is important. It gives them a variety of materials and helps them explore more and use their creativity.
I guide the students to use a subject in order to help them stay motivated and inspired. I use stories, telling them more about life as an artist. We talk about the subject we will work on, or a specific artist that we will learn about; but after that the road of creativity should be clear for them to explore, and this way you will see the most amazing creatures and forms on canvases and papers.
I want to help students find their unique way to do things and also learn to work as a team with kids of different ages.
While living abroad I had the opportunity to work with kids of all nationalities and ages. Being a mother of two very different boys also gives me the perspective of working with different kinds of kids. I created a special workshop where all the kids from different ages worked together on the same project. The results were wonderful! Learning how your work is valuable, but also respecting others’ work, is an invaluable lesson.