Special places, special times
Nature and Art combined in an amazing workshop
Some places are special and therefore special things happen in there. That was exactly what I had the chance to experience last Sunday on A azinhaga, an incredible farm, just 15 minutes away from Lisbon, with fresh air and an amazing view over Belém…
Continue reading to know what we did and take a look at these colors!
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I began to talk with kids about how nature influences Art and show them the beautiful work of Andy Goldsworthy, Patrick Dougherty, Arcimboldo and Richard Long (must say I’m a fan all of them). Most of the kids were familiar with Arcimboldo, from school or parents ( great news), but none knew the other artists.
After that they were all completely free to explore the farm and gather all they wanted along with their parents: flowers, fruits, rocks, leafs…
I had two major goals with this workshop.
To show children ( and parents, that often say things like – my kid has no talent at all to paint … ) the importance of the process, rather then the final result.
Adults are always very worried with the final result – will it be nice in the end, will it look realistic, will others like my Art- but not children. Children understand the pleasure of making Art as an action, rather than something to exhibit. Let’s all preserve that with our children! ( I’m counting on you).
And also offer them the conscienceness that we should only burrow from nature. Their work was left there to return to nature and that, I believe, is a very important teaching for tomorrow’s kids.
They returned home with nothing more than a coloured heart. This time, on this workshop, no presents were given, besides the most import of all: the experience lived on that beautiful morning.
Thanks to all the kids, parents and a special thanks to Magda, the heart and soul of A Azinhaga.
I’m sure we will do this again :), so next time we can see each other there!