Yesterday I gave a (freelance) art class during a introduction week on a school for secondary education. This class was a group of kids that don’t have any degree yet, are kicked out of all the earlier schools (even though they have a compulsory attendance at school) and (therefore naturally) they have behaviour problems.
Earlier on, this week, they worked on knowing their quality’s, figuring out who their hero is, which success stories they have. On that basis I should give a art class where they should make self portraits. They could use the words and qualities they already worked on. The thing is that most of these kids don’t know their qualities, don’t have a hero or know any success of themselves…
The main reason for me giving this lesson, wasn’t to get them to make the best portrait but to motivate them to make something.. So I was prepared for a heavy group of teenagers.
First I talked a bit about creativity. What is that? Why are you, even before we started, screaming that you aren’t creative? Tell me first, what is it? I printed some portraits found on the internet (picture above) varying from a portrait made by a 4 year old, professional art portraits, picasso’s head in between.. and we discussed these. Then we started..
I was completely amazed that they started!! Just that.. I helped them out, gave some directions but mostly lots and lots and lots of positive vibes. Wauw, that is good, you’re on the perfect way of making it beautiful, wohhh are you sure you never did this before…
Finally they all made a drawing (one kid draw a smurf with a joint in it’s mouth, one kid draw a famous Dutch person and one kid, who didn’t understand the assignment because of only living a few months in the Netherlands, drew a bird) and that was the best result I could ever wish for. No, even better. The girl with big mouth shouting she couldn’t do it, even said she was a bit proud of her portrait… And two other girls admitted they really liked working on their portrait.
I loved teaching again. And I will definitely going to do some acquisition to get more of these freelance assignments.