A BIG part of this whole project is to BRIDGE young artists to each other;
united we stand (and make it through their adolescence still creative, still individualistic, still loving art and making things... even without art in school),
divided we fall (dumping their artistic selves like so many of us adults did at 13).
So as a way to keep Bridge students engaged in a community of young creatives after their 7 weeks in the program, AND to connect kids across schools, we have one monthly free art party for all Bridge students - past and present. I only met with Searsport Bridge days before the party, and many parents heard the invitation for the first time when I called them the night before... even still, two Searsport artists joined us at Waterfall.
I think when you don't get to use paint often, having to paint tiny, somewhat strategically is fun for about 5 minutes... Painting the tablecovering, paper, and of course hands was inevitable. I mysteriously foresaw this, and had a big piece of matte board on an easel ready for the wandering brushes in search of room to bust out.
|The Searsport contingency got this thing started...|
|I didn't bust out any Trust Falls at this party to force bonding. I think voluntary physical proximity is a Win, here.|
I hope all had fun. Seemed like it. No one was ready to leave!
Till next time...