New Year’s Resolution: Become Volunteer Art Teacher

Happy New Year! It has been a little while, but I was enjoying the holidays and doing a little traveling (more on that in my next post). For now, I thought  I would talk about one interesting thing I did this week: attending a “Healing Arts” workshop for Red Cross staff and volunteers. I have volunteered to start offering art classes through a collaboration between the Red Cross and the  Wounded Warrior Project. I am very excited (and a little nervous) to share my passion for art and creating.

The project for the workshop was to decorate a mask, plain and simple. There are a lot of ideas for art teachers and volunteers on the web, but I thought this was one of the simpler and more straightforward ideas. All you need are the masks, some paint, glue, scissors, and some decorative paper for collage. I suppose you could have all kinds of things available – feathers, beads, old magazines, even recyclable materials if you wanted to be really creative.

What amazed me is that, without much instruction, everyone in the room – whether they were artistically inclined or not – hit the ground running and created something totally unique after just an hour of work. Of course, being the perfectionist that I am, I went home and embellished mine a little more and even painted the inside.

Here are some pictures:

This is me, absorbed in my work.
This is me, absorbed in my work.
The finished project, with a little gold leaf as a finishing touch!
The finished project, with a little gold leaf as a finishing touch!
The inside of the mask and a point of light where the third eye is (inspired by my yoga practice).
The inside of the mask and a point of light where the third eye is (inspired by my yoga practice).
Here are all our masks. Amazing to see all the variety.
Here are all our masks. Amazing to see all the variety.

Stay tuned for more on my current work. I’m learning on how to do engraving and I hope to have a series of engraved prints in my Etsy shop by spring.

Also, head back here soon for an exhibition review of David Hockney: A Bigger Picture at the Ludwig Museum in Köln.

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