We had the privilege to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, and work with the children of the Volunteers Foundation Academy in Kibera. The students were introduced to the concept of circle painting, a simple project with colourful results that encourages free expression and collaboration. It also represents a good vehicle to practice good manners and respect for the work of others. Circles can be seen a s a way to connect and are very often present in the patterns of traditional African fabrics.
Practicality imposed us to avoid the use of tempera paint and replace it with oil pastels and felt tip pens. Nevertheless the children very responded well to the project and created incredibly colourful pieces that are now displayed in the school hall. Their smiling faces are a testimony of the power of art!