Door Tess Goulsbra, EBPP Vrijwilliger Therapeut van de Kunst, Maart 2014
Toen ik begon met Oost-Bali Poverty Project was ik zenuwachtig. Ik had zoveel ideeën, maar aan het begin, Ik was niet zeker hoe ik was van plan om ze in praktijk te brengen. Toen ik het team ontmoette voelde ik me overweldigd door het ongelooflijk mooie vulkanische omgeving vond ik mezelf in, en alle nieuwe gezichten en namen. Ik werd langzaam vertrouwd met de verschillende projecten en medewerkers. Ik besprak met I Wayan Merta, en de rest van het Art Team, de ideeën die ik had met betrekking tot thema's die kunnen worden ingevoerd om het personeel en de school kinderen in een workshop omgeving.
Tijdens de eerste week introduceerde ik mezelf aan de kinderen van de verschillende scholen. Ik benadrukte dat ik niet een tekenleraar, but an art therapist, and an important part of the workshop is to relax, have fun, and think about the art-making process rather than the end result. I decided that we could introduce ourselves to each other by drawing a ‘Self Portrait’.
The children responded to this theme with enthusiasm. They were eager for their drawings to be the best, and most like mine, which is why a lot of them looked so similar. I encouraged the children to think more about themselves, and their own appearance and identity.
We kept the same theme for an entire week as the Art Team visited different schools each day, we felt it important that all children had the same experience. At the beginning of the second week I introduced the theme of ‘Cardboard Masks’.
At times, in the schools, Ik voelde dat de kinderen heel hard werkten, een aantal van hen had examens naderen. Daarom ben ik dacht dat het was bijzonder nuttig om de kunst workshops aan het eind van hen dagen lessen, zodat ze konden ontspannen en plezier te hebben voordat we naar huis.
Tijdens de derde week gingen we verder met het thema van het maken van maskers, maar deze week werden ze gemaakt van papier Mache. Het concept van het masker is zeer interessant; hij provoceert gedachten rond identiteit, uiterlijk, en het verbergen van degenen ware zelf. Het was ook nuttig toont tegenover de kinderen dat er meer dan één manier om iets te doen, en hoe thema's kunnen worden uitgewerkt en verder onderzocht.
Ballonnen zijn een mooi medium om mee te werken en de kinderen er echt van genoten. There was so much laughter when they were slimy due to the glue; they slid on the tiled floor and they were very difficult to control. Plus, when a balloon inevitably popped the children were elated and the atmosphere electric. Other children simply enjoyed the tactile qualities of the wet sticky newspaper and enjoyed making a mess!
In the final fourth week we made ‘Full Body Portraits’, this was the theme I was most excited about; the actual making process is so much fun!! It is also very interactive, requiring team work and clear communication between peers, and again, it provokes thoughts of self.
The first day we introduced this theme we had a group of approximately 15 students, we used nearly the entire space of one school. All staff and children were getting involved and helping each other; offering support and guidance. There was so much laughter and an excited atmosphere, it was a truly lovely, therapeutic, experience!
I think it was useful that the four different weeks were thematically linked, particularly week one and four, and week two and three; it helped the workshops flow and linked the thoughts en ideas from each week. Now I have come to the end of my month’s placement. I feel settled in and I enjoy every day. I am still overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the environment, and consider myself very lucky to of had this experience, and to have been truly immersed in the rich Balinese culture. The East Bali Poverty Project team work together effortlessly and exist like one big family. The work they do on a daily basis is very important to so many people lives.
I am thankful that I was able to offer these children something which enabled them to be children, en to forget their worries and responsibilities in the reality of their everyday lives. I wish my placement was longer than one month but unfortunately I cannot spare more time at present. Echter, I would love to come back. Next time I would like to be more involved with the Health Team, to work with some children who are very isolated and who have disabilities; they do not attend school as there are none that would meet their specific needs in their area. This month’s placement has proven invaluable to me, and has enabled me to clearly visualize how else my training can be used within the foundation. I just hope East Bali Poverty Project has gained as much from me, as I have from it.