Thursday, 11 June 2009

'...the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.'

'The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.' - Edward Kennedy

While hearing these words its like gentle waves rippling through me, not crashing against rocks, just slowly making their own paths through the water & letting me know that there are no barriers to what you desire to do, with hope & dreams it will come true...

The people I am working with over here at CCT are following their dream, enjoying it & working hard for it & in doing so convey hope & passion in their most natural form. My first workshop here was held at Baan Piranan, a residential home for children with cerebral palsy, run with complete love and dedication by Khun Piranan, an occupational therapist who takes care of the four boys there just now. We decided to plan and run a workshop to introduce a few animals through pictures, sounds and sponge stamps. I was very excited to meet the boys and interact with them through art and play. We started with an ice-breaker and showed the boys pictures of the animals and linked these with each animals unique natural sound played to them through the speakers. The boys responded positively to this and the room was filled with a wonderful combination of children's laughter and animal noises.

We then set-up the art stations and began to paint and stamp with the boys. The echoes of laughter throughout the house from the gorgeously happy Nong Mai who I was working with added to the fun and creativity we were all sharing during the workshop. Through progressive interaction and understanding I was able to connect with Nong Mai and enjoyed tapping the table with him and ringing the bell on his sponge extender while he painted, he also enjoyed holding and tapping my arm while painting. The work produced by the boys was beautiful. The whole experience was amazing and reaffirmed my decision to follow my dreams and study Art Therapy on my return to Scotland. xx

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