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“Dream Stones” Art Workshop with Children’s Shelter Foundation. Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016

 Dream Stones

Dream Stones

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

of their

creative spirit.

 

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:

Dream Stones

Dream Stones

Gazelle Dreamstones

Gazelle Dream stones

Exotic Thai Flower

Exotic Thai Flower. Patterns in nature serve as divine inspiration.

Painted River rocks

Painted River rocks

Peemai and Anon with their decorated dreamstones

Peemai and Anon with their decorated dreamstones

Lavy in the art workshop class

Lavy in the art workshop class

Patterns from Nature as our resource material.

Patterns from Nature as our resource material.

Gunyawee with her 2 flowers

Gunyawee with her 2 flowers

Decorated River Rocks

Decorated River Rocks

Lavy with one of his Dream Stones.

Lavy with one of his Dream Stones.

Some of the students with visiting artist, Timothy Lomas

Some of the students with visiting artist, Timothy Lomas

Pee Mai, one of our enthusiastic participants in our art workshop

Pee Mai, one of our enthusiastic participants in our art workshop

Phnom working on a mandala design in our art workshop. Chiang Mai

Phnom working on a mandala design in our art workshop. Chiang Mai

Dream Stone with Mandala design

Dream Stone with Mandala design

One of our students at the art workshop

One of our students at the art workshop

Our materials and ideas

Our materials and ideas

Some of the creative output for the day. Chiang Mai

Some of the creative output for the day. Chiang Am

One of our students working on his mandala

One of our students working on his mandala

Wayu, a young artist, working on his Dream Stone

Wayu, a young artist, working on his Dream Stone

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Phnom working on his Dream Stone

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Lavy with his coral painting

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Chiang with one of his Dream Stones

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Creativity brings joy to the spirit

Phnom with his painted river rock

Phnom with his painted
river rock

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Ariya with her painting

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Tawan with her Dream Stone

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Manon with his Dream Stone

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Chiang with his Dream Stone decorated with Gazelles

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Lay working on his painting of an owl.

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Dream Stones

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Chian. Another young artist who participated in the art workshops

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Dream Stones

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Anon with his Dream Stone

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One of the golden Buddhas at the temple on Doi Suthep

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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

Monks descending the double naga “Stairway to Heaven” at Wat Phra That. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Waterfall on Doi Suthep (Suthep Mountain)

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Maykin. One of the young artists who has attended several of our art workshops in Chiang Mai.

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Guardian or Demon at the Wat Phra That Temple entrance at Doi Suthep

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Students making sketches and studies from patterns in nature for their art workshop projects.

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Dream Stones

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Thai Children playing at Wat Phra That Temple on Doi Suthep (Suthep Mountain) overlooking Chiang Mai

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Some of our creative output from the week of making Dream Stones

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Double Naga “Stairway to Heaven” entrance to Wat Phra That Temple on Doi Suthep, Overlooking Chiang Mai city

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Chian and Friend with their Dream Stones

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One of the golden Buddhas at What Phra That Temple on Doi Suthep

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Manon with his Dream Stone with a floral design.

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Lavy and Najuti with their Dream Stones

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Dream Stones

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Getting inspiration from patterns in nature

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Children engaged in the creative process

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Thai children playing at Wat Phra That Temple overlooking the city of Chiang Mai.

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Pee Mai loves Japanese Anime!

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One of several wall murals depicting the life of the Buddha at Wat Phra That Temple

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Young Thai student with one of her Dream Stone creations.

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Najuti looking over the creations of the day at our art workshop at Children’s Shelter Foundation. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Paintings, Drawings, and Dream Stones from our creative art workshop at Children’s Shelter Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 2016

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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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