Partners International's Sponsor-A-Child and CNEC
In January of 2015, I traveled to Thailand to teach Post-Modern Art to a group of students in Chiang Rai. The intended goal was to help these students develop and grow a sense of self-worth and self-respect through the founding and acceptance of an artistic self-identity. The students were given basic instruction in color theory, oil painting techniques, Rorschach ink impressions, and pencil contour line drawings. The students were able to experience a sense of delayed-gratification as they struggled with the difficulty of mixing their own oil-paints and learning how to apply artistic guidelines within the project's constraints. They struggled through various iterations, often starting over from scratch. In the end, the students produced pieces that were visually similar to works by Rothko, Pollock, de Kooning, Twombly. The students understood that they were creating works that resonated from their ego, and many of them initially did not like or accept their own creations as "good." After they created their work, the students received a one-day crash course in Modern and Post-Modern Art. I showed them images of works created by the previously mentioned artists and they began to understand that their own works were indeed good.
Free Church Network and CNEC
In July of 2016 Free Church Network sponsored my second trip to teach Art. I repeated the Arts teaching program once again, this time in Myanmar. The children were younger than first group of students and so we shifted the emphasis of the class towards discovering the freedom of choice. Learning from the previous trip I reduced the instructional workload and increased the scale of the drawing activities in order for them to experience greater freedom of choice with regards to scale of their work as well as the medium. We provided the students with multiple drawing tools and mediums to work with, and throughout a week long Art camp encouraged them to select and use them however they wanted.