My morning with the children at St. Mary’s Primary School, Hampton was lovely. Actually it was better than that….it was exactly what I needed.
There were sixty children in total broken up into two groups. I painted a large watercolour for each group.
Some of the lovely children with one of the Christeve paintings.
The children will now paint their own pictures inspired by the book ‘Christeve the Cat Finds Her Home’ – in preparation for an exhibition of their work on November 21st. Their paintings will be for sale, and proceeds will go to Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice.
Christeve the Cat dreaming of magical Hummingbirds.
I haven’t worked with young children for a while, and was reminded yesterday of how important it is for all age groups to interact with one another. Personal experience has taught me that there is no better way to do this than through the power of art – in all its many forms.
Christeve in her garden in the Magical Town of Crickadoon.
Yesterday came about because of a ‘Self Expression and Leadership Programme’ I recently completed through Landmark Education. The key element of the programme is for participants to design a not for profit community project.
I cheated a little in that my project, Community Interconnections, has been tried and tested. and so it was more a case of revitalising than creating something new.
When I first came up with this idea in 1999, non of the social media that we now take for granted was in place. it meant that I had to physically travel to schools and could only reach one small audience at a time. However, through technology I can now see this project having a much wider impact.
Christeve the Cat with Magical Hummingbird – this print is available through HummingbirdHQ.com
The message in the story – Christeve the Cat Finds Her New Home – is to trust and have faith in the unseen, and to never give up.
And to always remember that non of us is ever creative enough to know how things will actually turn out………