"I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist."
-- Max Lerner
Tomorrow is my last day teaching at The Shore. The grant money has once again dried up. It is so frustrating. These folks have been fabulous to teach. They always great me with a warm smile and a hug. We joke and tease each other. In short, we have fun.
It's been a delightful challenge to design projects that meet the needs of a range of very different capabilities, let alone all be taught within a one hour period of time including set up and cleaning. This is our group quilt which now resides in the tv room of their residence.
I started with a series of lessons on pattern, symmetry and repetition. It gave me the necessary time to observe skills and determine the best way to proceed with the quilt. Each student embellished a square of fabric featuring their image and then another square with a personal textile design. We didn't use fabric paints as I had first considered. They were too difficult to control for some folks, so everyone used Sharpies. I then stitched it all together. I think it looks great!
The other day we worked on a series of paintings using oil pastels and watercolor paint. Their color sensibilities are wonderfully vibrant.
There has to be a better way to fund outreach art programs. Grants come and go. I need to find a long term funding plan. Any suggestions?