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Creating a Mural at Children’s Shelter Foundation. Chiang Mai, Thailand. 2015

Chiang Mai, Thailand. July, 2015.

One of my favorite times of the year is when I am able to hop on my motorbike and take the hour-long drive up into the mountains north of Chiang Mai to visit Children’s Shelter Foundation.  Paved highway leads to winding gravel roads which lead to dirt paths at the end of which is “Lakeland”  the idyllic organic farm and refuge for hill-tribe children run by Thaneen Joy Hanfaifa and Ulrike Elisabeth Meister.  It is one of the most successful organizations that GLOCAP has had the opportunity to work with over the years.  I always walk away from this place feeling the absolute love and joy of childhood and a genuine warmth and generosity of spirit.

This year I organized a watercolor art workshop with the younger students on the flora and fauna of Thailand with the purpose of using these preliminary works to construct a mural on a wall on one of the boy’s dorms.  During the construction of the mural I was occasionally accompanied by two Thai artist friends, Worawuth Srakeo and Khun Maitree, who were the visiting artists for our teen watercolor art workshop at Joy’s House in Chiang Mai.

It was such a huge success with creativity and smiles all around.  I am hoping that we will have the opportunity to create more murals with these enthusiastic and talented students in the years to come!  This project was made possible through the generosity of The Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation.

Here are some images from the event:

About the Author
Timothy Lomas is an artist and international arts educator. He is also President and co-founder of The Global Children's Art Programme.

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