My Experience Teaching Art in Ghana

By Sophie Pollack, Guest Blogger

There must have been at least a hundred… Ghanian children cramming through the windows and doors to get into the art classroom.  I was teaching with four other people, but even all of us put together were no match for the screaming masses of kids.  It was clear that these children didn’t get many chances to express themselves, and they were all, to say the least, incredibly excited to take part in art class.

We started off by showing them how to make friendship bracelets.  Because most of the children were very young and did not know much English, teaching them the different stitches was challenging.  But no matter how mangled and crazy the bracelets came out looking, each child was always pleased with their finished product and each had at least five bracelets on their arm by the end of the day.

At the end of every class, we would hand the kids pieces of paper to draw on.  They never got tired of it.  More and more sheets of paper were used, and every child was proud of all of the drawings they made.  They drew pictures of themselves, their friends, cars, animals, their houses, trees, plants — anything and everything!

I loved working with these children of Ghana.  They were always smiling and ready for a new project or adventure.  Any chance they had to express themselves was truly a gift, and it was clear how much they appreciated the opportunity to experience art.

Sophie Pollack is the daughter of Board Member Darcy Pollack.  Sophie is 14 years old and currently attends Mirman School in Los Angeles.  Her favorite activities include acting, rock climbing, and reading.  Thank you for contributing this piece, Sophie!

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