RPS Art Student
In May, I traveled to Vietnam to work on some of our programs there for two weeks and to visit and meet with our teachers. Our three art programs are going very well, supporting around 75 kids year round and many more in the summer months. Our program in Cam Duc, Vietnam, where we first started in 2013 supports 45 students who come to our little house on a side street in the town to take art classes and/or music classes. They have a great time together not only as students but as friends and supporters of one another outside of our classes.
Over the last six months, we have had a few new high school students join our program to be trained technically to take the college entrance exam to attend art school, post-high-school. They are all incredibly talented. A high school student from Rhode Island, who will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in September, traveled with me to Vietnam in May to teach art classes and take part in our bikes for girls program. Abbey spent time teaching technique in portrait drawing to our older students, and as you can see from the photos, they are all very talented. While we were there in May, we enjoyed holding extra art classes for our students in free color drawing, collage, and watercolor.
This year we are hoping to raise some additional money to be able to bring a well know French, female mural artist to Vietnam for two weeks to work with our students. Danae lives in Taiwan now and has done mural projects with kids around the world. We would love to have her work with us and will be raising the money to support her travel to Vietnam and a small stipend, the project will cost around $3000. As part of the project, we hope to select 3-4 college-age, Vietnamese, female artists to come and work on the project along-side Danae to learn how to develop murals and work with children on large art installations like this.
Thank you so much for your help and thank you to those of you who have chosen to provide a monthly, recurring donation, this is something that makes such a difference to us, that we can count on this monthly income to continue to buy art supplies and support our wonderful teachers.
Best to all of you and thank you for your loving support of our kids and of course, my family and our venture to share love through art in the world.
Abbey volunteering in Vietnam.
Abbey working with our kids in Son Tan Village