Creative Art Workshop with Children’s Shelter Foundation. Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016
“If These Stones Could Speak“
If these stones could speak
What stories they would tell
of the rivers running over them
of softly singing mountain streams
whose waters caress and roll them over
smoothing their hardened edges
rounding curves and arching surfaces
like the laughter of children
always soothes the soul
and what stories those children would tell
of things they imagined or dreamt of
The turtle, the frog, the ladybug,
hummingbird and gazelle
or mystical rainbow mandala designs
from the unblinking eye
of a child’s mind
turning them over in the soft, smooth palm of their hands
embellished with the magical touch
In July of 2016 Global Children’s Art Programme (GLOCAP) returned to Chiang Mai, Thailand to create an art workshop with the children at Children’s Shelter Foundation (CSF). We have created art workshops with CSF every year for the past 10 years and it is always a pleasure to reconnect with the students and staff. This year’s project was entitled “Dream Stones”. GLOCAP acquired river stones and supplied permanent markers and paint with a myriad of art resources for inspiration which included patterns from nature, animals, & mandala designs. The students enthusiastically took off with this project producing a multitude of beautiful “Dream Stones” embellished with the magic of their creative spirit. They reminded me of runes for divination or a stepping stone to imaginative storytelling and game playing. The students also wanted to produce them as a possible means for raising funds by selling them at their guesthouse.
Here are some images from the creative art workshop with the students:
Gazelle Dream stones
Exotic Thai Flower. Patterns in nature serve as divine inspiration.
Painted River rocks
Peemai and Anon with their decorated dreamstones
Lavy in the art workshop class
Patterns from Nature as our resource material.
Gunyawee with her 2 flowers
Decorated River Rocks
Lavy with one of his Dream Stones.
Some of the students with visiting artist, Timothy Lomas
Pee Mai, one of our enthusiastic participants in our art workshop
Phnom working on a mandala design in our art workshop. Chiang Mai
Dream Stone with Mandala design
One of our students at the art workshop
Our materials and ideas
Some of the creative output for the day. Chiang Am
One of our students working on his mandala
Wayu, a young artist, working on his Dream Stone
Phnom working on his Dream Stone
Lavy with his coral painting
Chiang with one of his Dream Stones
Creativity brings joy to the spirit
Phnom with his painted
Ariya with her painting
Tawan with her Dream Stone
Manon with his Dream Stone
Chiang with his Dream Stone decorated with Gazelles
Lay working on his painting of an owl.
Chian. Another young artist who participated in the art workshops
Anon with his Dream Stone
One of the golden Buddhas at the temple on Doi Suthep
Painting from one of the several wall murals depicting the life of the Buddha at Doi Suthep
Monks descending the double naga “Stairway to Heaven” at Wat Phra That. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Waterfall on Doi Suthep (Suthep Mountain)
Maykin. One of the young artists who has attended several of our art workshops in Chiang Mai.
Guardian or Demon at the Wat Phra That Temple entrance at Doi Suthep
Students making sketches and studies from patterns in nature for their art workshop projects.
Thai Children playing at Wat Phra That Temple on Doi Suthep (Suthep Mountain) overlooking Chiang Mai
Some of our creative output from the week of making Dream Stones
Double Naga “Stairway to Heaven” entrance to Wat Phra That Temple on Doi Suthep, Overlooking Chiang Mai city
Chian and Friend with their Dream Stones
One of the golden Buddhas at What Phra That Temple on Doi Suthep
Manon with his Dream Stone with a floral design.
Lavy and Najuti with their Dream Stones
Getting inspiration from patterns in nature
Children engaged in the creative process
Thai children playing at Wat Phra That Temple overlooking the city of Chiang Mai.
Pee Mai loves Japanese Anime!
One of several wall murals depicting the life of the Buddha at Wat Phra That Temple
Young Thai student with one of her Dream Stone creations.
Najuti looking over the creations of the day at our art workshop at Children’s Shelter Foundation. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Paintings, Drawings, and Dream Stones from our creative art workshop at Children’s Shelter Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 2016