News and recent projects
Arts Skills Training Workshop for Teachers in
Nakuru, Kenya October 2013:
The workshop offered five days of Visual Art and Creative Body activities designed to inspire teachers to bring creativity into their classrooms and, using the skills and tools of art, to encourage pupils to actively engage with their own learning. This was the third project sponsored by KABISA UK, a Scottish based educational charity, to develop the artistic potential within Kenyan schools and has brought the programme to a successful conclusion. The next phase will be initiated in Kenya and will be based in Narok, near the Masai Mara.
The Arts Skills Mela
Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts,
February 2013 Panjim Goa India
The Arts Skills Mela was a three day programme of interactive arts skills training for anyone wishing to add creativity, imagination and individuality to their professional or personal life. Workshops in drama, music, photography, 3-D modelling, creativity and wellbeing and visual art were attended by 65 participants from varied professions, backgrounds and abilities and the event generated many opportunities for people to meet and exchange all kinds of ideas and information. This was the first event of its kind in India to correlate the techniques and skills of the creative arts with a wide range of occupations and professions and to offer practical methods whereby the arts can enhance and boost perfomance in the classroom, within health and wellbeing, for those working with special needs and many areas where a creative input can transform both process and outcome.
St Mary’s Girls Secondary School
Mural in the Classroom Project
September 2012 Nakuru Kenya
Seventy girls from St Mary’s designed and painted their own mural for one of their classrooms. They chose the theme of Butterflies and Flowers to transform a dull and dark room into something bright, beautiful and uplifting. The project took one week during which the girls tried their hands at drawing, working with paper and other activities while developing their mural. The girls and their teachers intend to keep painting until the “whole school” is decorated and every wall is an artwork.