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Childcare through the arts

By Cat Conlon 3 years ago
Categories Yucatan

Part of the childcare projects here at GVI is the opportunity to do childcare through the arts. At the Ludoteca I often made posters and resources but when I was given the option of creating an exhibition style fundraiser for the Centro de Atenciòn Integral in Playa del Carmen, I jumped at the chance! This centre is a school for special needs children and young adults. It is a wonderful place and run by inspirational mothers, teachers and therapists. It offers a range of therapies including equine, aqua, dog, physical and multi-sensory. I had a chance to work in these areas and to implement art therapy.




We decided that print would be the best medium to encourage the childrens’ mobility and motor skills and this also provided a lot of scope and freedom for my ideas. I submitted my proposal outlining my objectives and got the go ahead for wood block and wool printing and also sellotape resist art. The art therapy took place in my last week, and I was a bit pressed for time but the GVI staff were great and sourced canvas etc., while the staff at the school tracked down wood to create frames. Myself and another GVI staff member put our carpentry skills to the test as we sawed, hammered and stapled together canvases. It was hard work but really good fun and at times like a crazy first exercise as one of held tiny tacks and sticks in place while the other hammered. Luckily all fingers and thumbs remained intact.


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Over two days, the children, staff and volunteers at the school set to work printing various colourful patterns using the two chosen methods of print. Some children were physically aided, some adamant to do it ‘solita’ and worked really well at creating messy art and getting stuck in – it was fun!



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I think everyone enjoyed the project and I was proud of what we achieved in a short space of time. It was worth it however, and the finished pieces looked wonderful! We have very talented artists at the Centro de Atenciòn Integral!





I wish the best of luck to the school with their exhibition and would like to thank them for my time there and for the opportunity to learn from them and experience such a special and inspiring place!