Something I have discovered here that I LOVE is the classes offered during the summer months. Institutes and schools offer “talleres,” or workshops, to kids of all ages during January and February. One can find classes for instruments, dance, art, swimming, etc. Ana took swimming classes last year.
Ana got some Christmas money from her grandparents, and we decided to put it toward an art class this January. She meets 3 times a week, 2 hours at a time. She loves art, and this class has not disappointed us. We live in a culture of many “starving” artists. Arequipa values art, and it is not a surprise to see an art exhibit in the city center or displayed in a place for the people to notice.
Today, I enjoyed accompanying her on a class field trip. I have been so impressed with the various techniques she has been learning. Today was no exception. The teacher, her “profe,” took them to a popular spot in Arequipa (walking distance from their art institute) to sit in the grass and paint the trees around them. It was a beautiful morning, and I had a lot of fun taking pictures. The profe actually recruited me to take pictures of the whole class in action for him to use in a pamphlet.
We are so proud of Ana and her love of something so creative. It has been fun to see her learn actual art techniques. We are already considering another art class for February, and possibly signing her up for something throughout the school year. Might as well for the price! 😉
Some other art pieces she has brought home this month…