Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Meenakshi Matai's Art

From her April 2010 newsletter:
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
Edgar Degas
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Hello everyone! I hope you all are enjoying this Springy April. There's color everywhere and it is truly inspiring, telling us to make the most, to seize the day! What you see at the top there are some of the paintings done by my students at Arts Collective. I have been enjoying teaching these classes and working with the kids to create something beautiful. The children, who attend, get to learn some basic art techniques and tap into their world of imaginations, but more importantly, they teach me so much! They teach me the art of simplicity, innocence, letting go, determination and patience. One of the kids once said, "I want to draw the sun, a huge sun." I said, "It might not really look good if it's huge, try painting it smaller." He was so determined to draw his huge sun, that he went ahead and did it and I didn't have the heart to stop him. After all, this is about expression! After he was done, he showed it to me and said, "Look. It's big, red and powerful. Just like my dad's car." :)
Arizona Arts Collective Art Classes
Midge White runs a lovely art gallery/ workshop called "Arizona Arts Collective" in Mesa exhibiting and selling art work done by special needs adults and children. There are several classes held there for all kids (with and without disabilities) and adults. If you have children or know any children who would enjoy a laid back, fun-filled art class, please send them this way. The classes I'm volunteer teaching are:
What: Basic Art Classes for children, 6 years and older
When: Saturdays, 2 to 4pm
Where: Arizona Arts Collective, 138 W Main St, Mesa, AZ (Map)
How much: $10, goes towards supplies, electricity and rent.
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