We have now reached the mid way point of the Drawing Connections …at the edges eight week sessions delivery! However, many weeks have gone in to making the project a reality. This year the preparation for the project has been eased for me, by having Hector Garay who is a Lecturer at Banbury and Bicester College Art Faculty, as my co-facilitator.
As with previous weeks, I will write a little more and share pictures about our session last week, but before I do, I would like to share Hector words, which he has agreed to contribute to the blog:
I’ve been lucky to experience Drawing Connections from both sides, as a participant last year and now as a co-facilitator, and I can see in my students now a similar evolution to that which I went through last year as a participant.
The positive feedback I’m getting from them reveals that all potential concerns and initial prejudgments seem to dissapear once the activity has started and they all engage in drawing, linocutting or clay modeling. It makes them feel we’re all in the same boat, creating something for a common end and that we are all going through the same concerns as a group.
And it happened last year in my group, we all agreed we felt insecure in front of a blank piece of paper every time we start a session, fear of being unable to create something good, or simply being prejudged by others for our creations were (and remain?) constant concerns. But as last year, we are also aware that this is a human natural response and that this is a commonly shared feeling by the rest of the participants too.
At the end of the session they are all willing to come back to repeat the process the next week.
I feel each session we deliver is helping the group to grow and I mean not only in developing their artistic skills.
Week after week a sense of community is developed and consolidated, as both students and residents are getting more confortable in this social environment.
I’ve noticed how people are interacting now with each other, in a more relaxed and natural way, and as the program goes on the virtual boundaries between “we” and “them” are blurring.
They all are discovering different ways of expressing and communicating through Art while learning essencial values to grow as individuals.
From my personal and professional experience I can tell this type of project is essential not only as part of any resettlement program but also as a fantastic environment to apply different pedagogies and educate in social values.
Thank you Hector 🙏🏻 And all that said, I believe that just leaves me to publish more images from the fourth session, after all, a picture speaks a thousand words…
One participant explained that her work, the purple dress print above will go towards her fashion module of the foundation course.
While another participant worked up her Yuletide design (below), to great effect:
The fifth session will be led by myself, Rebecca L Greene We will be exploring the practice of creative writing. Writing prose and poetry has long been a practice of mine, starting significantly for me when my poem dedicated to the souls who lived and worked in the trenches of WWI was published in the school annual magazine (back in 1993!) after we had been studying it in History. Anyway, more next post on that…