Little Picassos at Rosewood Hotel
By Hannah Jarmain
The Summer Art Workshops at Rosewood Hotel, which runs through July is a charity concept to raise funds to buy books and support the kids art programs in September. This past week we had a great group of kids; some of them will stay on and take another adventurous week of stimulating art. Other visiting kids will either go home or move on. The weekly art program continues until August. There is an incredible energy in all children, which needs to be released and directed in the right way for their healthy emotional development. In the Rosewood Program the city kid are more sophisticated and from such big cities like: New York, Mexico City, and Monterrey. Some of the children at first were tense, withdrawn and angry. They would rather play computer games or watch TV. But after the first session they become more focused, more relaxed and on the second day they couldn’t wait to start. At the end of the week they are smiling, socially open, confident and proud of their work and eager to show the pieces that they built with their imagination and their own little hands. Building a car or creating a cat, a dog, a piano, a catapult, etc., from pieces of recycled wood and painting them. There is no formula, no model boxes, and no coloring books! Everything begins with a thought and your rich imagination. I am a firm believer in art having great benefits for children. Art stimulates and excites their brains and calms their hearts. What they learn in the Rosewood Little Picasso Summer Art Workshop this week can have lasting impact on their development. A shy boy, age 5, who at the beginning was afraid to touch pencil to paper, afraid to draw a line, constantly saying: – “I can’t do it, I can’t do anything right.” After having made so many beautiful art works himself, toward the end of the class he whispered to me, “I want to be an artist when I grow up. So I can create anything I want.” The experience I have in teaching children from all walks of life, from well-to-do children, who appear to be smart and worldly, to the quiet and introvert children from the campo, and helped them discovering their talents and ability, has proven to me that our little effort is reaping great rewards. We will just keep helping children wherever we can and to discover the truth for ourselves, of which the great Picasso once said: “It took me four years to learn how to paint like Rafael but I spent my entire life to learn to paint like a child.”
The Rosewood Little Picasso workshop continues until August 3, weekly Mon-Fri from 10 -1. Please contact theRosewood Art Concierge at 152-9745 for more details. The Children’s Art Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in San Miguel to enrich children’s lives through art. The Children’s Art Foundation offers free art education to underprivileged children. Please visit www.artedelosninos.org.