Holly Miller volunteered in a project working with people with disabilities in Chile. She told us how she added value to the education of the children she worked with by celebrating World Art Day:

Project Trust Gap Year Chile

Project Trust Volunteer Holly Miller in Chile

Something I noted throughout the year was that the children never wanted to draw things themselves, they always wanted me to do it, because they thought that because their pictures weren’t photo perfect it meant they weren’t good. For World Art Day I decided to celebrate different artists who have a slightly different style of painting, so I taught three different classes in the school about Picasso and Van Gogh.

In one class where some the pupils have shorter attention spans because of ADHD we made collage versions of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, as the cutting and sticking of paper was quite therapeutic for the children and focused their attention. In one of the classes for kids with profound and multiple learning difficulties we did Van Gogh’s Starry Night using sponges. Finally, with the class with moderate learning difficulties we made Picasso portraits to show that if they draw themselves and it doesn’t look very realistic, it is still an amazing piece of artwork.

Project Trust Gap Year Chile

Project Trust Volunteer Holly Miller in Chile

Next I made a frame for each painting and we displayed them around the school. We held a presentation in the gym and called up each child to collect their piece of work and get a photo. It was really nice to give the kids some real appreciation for their work and make them feel proud of what they were able to do. The paintings are currently on display in the school and are going to be displayed in a local university. The children have been invited along to view their work, which I think will be a great, unique experience for them.