“Little Picasso at Rosewood” by the Children’s Art Foundation

By Hannah Jarmain

There is an incredible energy in all children, which needs to be released and guided for their healthy emotional development.

Little Picaso at Rosewood
From July 7th to August 1st
Monday- Friday- 11am9-1pm
US$150 per week
10% discount for two weeks or more
All art materials and snacks are included. Register at artedelosninos@gmail.com
Rosewood Hotel
Nemesio Diez 11

In the “Little Picasso at Rosewood” we have had many students here on vacation from the major cities of the world. It is always interesting to meet the first timers, most are bright, eager and charming children who couldn’t wait to conquer the world, others were tense or exhausted from a hectic schedule. A boy went hiding under the table; a girl sat holding her bag of breakfast cereal and refused to budge. Routinely they would rather play digital games or watch the terminator super hero movies on TV. But after the first hour into our art program the children become relaxed, enthusiastic, funny and creative. On the second day they couldn’t wait to start the art class. They paint, write funny stories, create incredible work and have fun. At the end of the week they were smiling, confident and very proud of the work, which they created with their hands and imagination. Building a futuristic looking car, a cat, a dog, a piano, a catapult, a rocket or a spaceship, all from pieces of recycled wood and painting them. There is no formula, no model toys, and no coloring books! Everything begins with a thought from the children’s imagination. By the end of the week, instead of terminator, the super killing machine, they talked about Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo as their heroes, and Van Gogh and Dali as mad geniuses. They recognized the Mona Lisa, which they had seen at the Louvre, and began to notice the art around town on their field trips. They learned to create original collage like Matisse, attempted at Dada and Cubism and took home their masterpieces ready for framing.

Art offers great benefits to children; art stimulates their brains and calms their hearts. What they learn in the Little Picasso Summer Art Workshop at Rosewood can have a lasting impact on their development. Having taught children from all walks of life, from shy to assertive children, I realized by helping children discover their talent and ability through art, we can make kids happy, confident, sensible and thoughtful. Children see the world through unfiltered eyes. As the great genius Pablo Picasso once said: “It took me four years to paint like Rafael but all my life to learn to paint like a child.”-

Many children would tell you the reasons they return to Little Picasso year after year is because they love the creativity, the perspectives, fun time in the garden sketching the ants that did the somersaults, amazing field trips and the best art cookies in the world. They really look forward to the summer fun learning at Rosewood every year in July to be free in their creative pursuits. The summer workshop is weekly and runs from July 7th to August 1st (Monday- Friday- 11am to 1pm) US$150 per week. 10% discount for two weeks or more. All art materials and snacks are included. Register at artedelosninos@gmail.com.

Proceeds from Little Picasso help underprivileged children who love art in San Miguel – Hosted by Rosewood and the Children’s Art Foundation.


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