If we describe what “Creation” means, we usually would use the definition of creating something using our imagination, but if we take the definition from the Bible, like we at Art Camp ValorArte 2012, we will use the definition of “producing something from nowhere”, like God did it with us. He was so inspired and He still is, that He took a deep breath and created magnificence creatures and every single place we stand in. For us, each kid is an amazing creation, so putting them in contact with their own imaginations we saw amazing creations using…EVERYTHING.
In the creation class, the kids used materials that we use every day, every moment, without realizing in how many ways with our imagination, we can use that material to create an amazing art project. We used water bottles, chip bags, used cardboard and plastic (plates, forks, etc.), Styrofoam cups, aluminum foil, string, rope, toilet paper, paper towel and much more! We realized the only things the kids needed was imagination and encouragement. They needed people like us to believe in their abilities and with some helpful tips, we got the best-recycled materials art museum EVER. Their creations were not only works of art, but also expression of their soul because each creation is a story telling us what and how they feel. It was just fascinating!!
Every day, we focused in a bible verse. We used the bible verses to connect their creativity with their spiritual and sensitive side, getting not just this amazing art works, but making them value what they did, getting them to value their selves. We talked with the kids about how their identity is shaped by my family and heritage. We made a floor plan of their houses, reflecting what they liked and didn’t like about their home. We then created their dream home out of different recycled materials. I mean, after all in our heritage we were promised the Promised Land. So if we are sons and daughters from a KING, that means we can have anything we want, it’s just a matter of believing, or better said… FAITH.
Also, we talked with the kids about how their identity is shaped by their community and friends. We made a secret present for a friend. Each present had their friend’s amazing characteristics and abilities written on it. We taught the kids to remember that every characteristic we have makes us unique.
Each day we had a different reflection, a different art project, a different experience and a different way of getting to know each kid. We enjoyed their laughing, their talents, their creativity and their huge smiles. Most importantly, each day, we had an opportunity to change someone’s life. Art Camp was an opportunity to make a difference in their lives and make the kids realize how incredible they are. When the kids created their dream houses, they didn’t ask for a huge house with plasma TV’s, all they wanted was an opportunity or for someone to believe in them and show them how far they can succeed.
At the end of the day if God carried a huge cross for our sins, and for us to live this amazing life, we can help someone carry their own cross; their heavy and painful cross. Together our cross will never be heavy, because we have someone helping us. We have the ability to change someone’s life, so what better way to change this world than by helping a kid with a huge cross? I guess all we need is to create, to believe and to act.
Written by Marcela Olivet
Photography by Sara Harper