Little Picasso at Rosewood
By Hannah Jarmain
In the Rosewood Little Picasso Summer Art program, kids come from major places like Florida, Arizona, Texas, Mexico City, Monterrey, China and Tibet. When they first arrive to class some are tense or withdrawn. They would rather play computer games or watch TV. But after the first hour they become more much focused and relaxed. On the second day they can’t wait to start the art class. At the end of the week they are smiling, socially confident and very proud of their artwork, which they built with their own little hands and imagination. Everything begins with a thought and from the children’s rich imagination.
This past week we had a group of kids from five to 12 years old. There is an incredible energy in all children, which needs to be released and directed in a positive way for their healthy emotional development. The children are taught to go into the beautiful flower garden (where the Rosewood Little Picasso Workshop is taking place, thank you Rosewood for hosting the program), the kids sit on a rock with a pencil and a notepad, listen to the birds or watch the butterflies hovering on flowers; that is where they meditate for their stories. They come back with their unique stories and begin to draw while listening to the history of Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Picasso and Van Gogh or famous Mexican painters, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. We had a well-known artist, Bea Aaronson, who taught them the origins of collage art by Cezanne, Picasso and Matisse. The kids draw cubism and learn about Dada. Their work reflects something that would be found in a Picasso exhibition. We had a bin full of recycled wood pieces, which have been cut into random shapes and forms. Each child goes to the bin and picks his own supply. Some create an animalito from a pile of wood that look like a Mexican Alejibres (Mexican legendary animals), some make a futuristic car that looks like a de Lorean, others make cats and dogs and castles and rockets. They create from their own imagination and make their own stories. This is very important when you are a child and being told what to do 24/7…. they feel empowered with their own creation.
We add new activities daily so that the children who are taking several weeks in a row always learn new things from the program. For example, we added a session on how to create useful things out of thrown-away materials like chocolate candy wrappers, pop can tabs, cereal boxes and tetra pack milk containers. It is a pleasure to instill in these young minds the respect and appreciation for nature, which they love. According to Leonardo da Vinci “An artist is a child of nature.” Created with Rosewood San Miguel’s Managing Director, Alfredo Renteria, and Hannah Jarmain, Founder of the Children’s Art foundation, to fulfill the needs of visiting children to participate in high-quality art activities where they are in a stimulating, richly creative and safe learning environment, ART offers great benefits to children. Art stimulates their brains and calms their hearts. What they learn in the Rosewood Little Picasso Summer Art Workshop in a week can have lasting impact on their development. A shy boy aged five who at the beginning was afraid to touch a pencil to paper, afraid to draw a line — constantly saying: – “ I can’t do it! I can’t do anything right!” — after having created many beautiful artworks himself, toward the end of the week whispered to me, “I want to be an artist when I grow up. So I can create anything I want.” As the great genius Picasso once said, “It took me four years to paint like Rafael but I spent my entire life to learn to paint like a child.”
Designed to spark the artistic abilities of little Picassos, the small class size with a uniquely personal approach will ensure your child’s Summer workshop fun, meaningful and unforgettable. Monday to Friday 10am-1pm. 1,750 pesos (US$150) per week. 10 percent discount for two weeks or more.
All art materials and snacks are included. www.artedelosninos.org; tel: 415 114-0346.