|A student hard at work learns|
When the bell rang at 3:00 PM signaling the end of the
school day, some children deviated from their usual routine. Instead of going
home to homework, television, or the computer, they stayed behind to discover
and create their own world with just paper and pencil.
AWA recently completed three after-school programs in the
DMV area. These programs - hosted at The SEED School
and Savoy Elementary
Washington, DC; and John Hanson French Immersion
of Temple Hills, MD - taught
children the fundamentals of creating their own comic books and characters. In
groups of ten, children not only learned basic drawing techniques, but also
discussed what made their favorite characters unique and appealing.
|Darren Soto provides instruction for the|
game, "Who Am I?"
Instructors Keir Lyles
and Darren Soto
brought excited children
into the world of art through set curriculum and engaging games. Soto presented
the children at Savoy with two creating thinking drawing games called, “Who Am
I?” and “3 Word Drawing.” During “Who am I?” a selected student came to the
front and drew another person in the class. Other students had to follow along
until someone guessed the selected subject. Students subtly realized they
learned techniques to translate what they see into art and highlight the
physical characteristics that make people unique.
In “3 Word Drawing,” Soto provided three random words that
children must incorporate into their drawing in some way, shape, or form. This
exercise taught creativity and forces students to think outside the box. It is
one of the favorites of the class.
|A student shows off his work.|
We would like to thank all the amazing students for
participating in this year’s after school program. We would also like to thank
our partners with the school PTAs, Teachers, Program Directors, and Concerned
Black Men. Most importantly, however, we would like the parents for allowing us
a few hours after school with your fantastic kids. Your continued support is
crucial to the success of our Programs, and we only have more to offer in the
future. If you would like your
to discover art in an encouraging and fun environment, sign up for our Summer Camp
today! Our first week of classes start June 23, and there is still