Then the fun began. With paint donated by Plascon, the students learned how to make their own paint brushes out of sticks and old sponges and to use them to create amazing art. Together, Paul and the kids created trucks, people, and crazy creatures. The smile on Josh\s face when he shared his truck with the group says it all. Art is fun and it feels wonderful to create and collaborate!
A few weeks later, Paul identified some of the most promising artists to collaborate with him on an interactive painting at the Kidults opening at Freeworld Design Centre. The boys worked on one large canvas and the girls tackled the other one. These works will be auctioned off online later this year to raise additional funds for Rock Girl and the Safe Spaces Campaign. Check them out – they are pretty special!
Two years ago, when we began working with this same group of learners, we asked them to share their dreams. Many of them could not express them and quite a few wanted to be “Rihanna” or “Beyonce” or “Shakira”. Admirable but not easy. This time, after many months of working together to transform their school and community, these same young people shared dreams of “becoming a doctor or nurse so I can help sick people”, and “I want to be a lawyer then the president”, and “I want to be a better person”.
The learners wrote down some of these dreams and put them inside pillows made with fabric donated by the Silk and Cotton Company. They cut, sewed, and glued them together and could take them home to place on their beds. Sadly, a few asked us to keep their pillows as they would not be safe at home.
That’s my dream for now: To ensure that these children and all others are safe at home, at school, and on the streets. I’m going to put it under my pillow tonight.
So…What’s your dream?
Paul du Toit’s bench, the latest in the Rock Girl Safe Space collection, says it all. The bench was designed in the shape of a symbolic “Rock Girl” and has a special place for plants and flowers. After a brief stint at the Design Indaba Expo, the first bench will be installed at St. Andrews Square in April 2012 and the sister bench will go to an NGO in Khayelitsha. See Paul’s video to learn more about how and why he created this bench.
With nothing more than a pair of scissors, plastic bottles, and a little imagination, the kids created Christmas ornaments, cars, irons, cups, bracelets, and even miniature stiletto heels. When the “shoe designer” learned that being a shoe designer is a real career, you could almost see the lightbulbs going on in her head. The children took their creations to the Freeworld Design Centre Christmas Market and sold them, along with paper mache bowls, to raise additional funds for art room supplies. In early 2012, Heath will return to create two one-of-a-kind chandeliers with them. One will have pride of place in the art room and the other will be auctioned off online to raise funds for Rock Girl. Take a look at some of their work….
At the event you can also enjoy a skills demo by Grass Roots Soccer, form a human chain across the Fanwalk pedestrian bridge and listen to guest speaker executive major Patricia de Lille. Visit Freeworld’s website for more details.