Smile and let the creativity reign

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Art, Artists

MissionTrip_Guatemalaheader-8Kathleen Keller, one of our fine artists and art instructors, typically enjoys being creative with a brush and paint in her hand. She is currently focusing her creative “juices” in much different directions.

The first part of July she will be leaving with a team from her church to serve at an orphanage in Guatemala. Although this will include a variety of tasks, she is most looking forward to leading the children in a range of creative projects as part of the week-long Vacation Bible School. The 35 children there range in age from 2 to 15 years. This requires adapting each project to the child’s physical and developmental levels. Kathleen is looking forward to the fun of using more than papers, crayons, & glue – such as other “media”, i.e. yarn, boxes, fabric, straws, wire, etc. to complete intriguing projects.  The projects each represent a theme from one of Jesus’ many parables of unconditional and persistent love.

As if map-guatemala-300x199this weren’t enough, she is also putting her creativity to use in making the décor and other items for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. The traditional silk flower and candles are out, and items like large pots, 5’ sticks, old birdcages, spray paint and tooling are “in”.

Kathleen regularly leads watercolor classes on Wednesday nights (6-8pm) and Fridays from 11:30-1:30.  The next session starts this week!  Her watercolor classes will enjoy a hot summer’s break in August as she puts the final touches on her daughter’s wedding, and will return in September.  These classes are open to new and experienced watercolorists.

In addition, Kathleen will teach three classes this fall with Metro Community College – Drawing, Acrylics and Watercolor.  These classes are held at Smiling Turtle.  We expect the MCC catalog to come out toward the end of July.  These classes will also start in September.

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