Meet the kids of the Oakland Youth Aspire creature making workshop.

Our workshop happened on Saturday, June 13, at Oakland Youth Aspire.

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 6.23.13 AMOYA does nonprofit work with inner city youth, to bring them a “fun and welcoming environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle and fosters open communication, empathy, and the development of interpersonal skills.”  It happens at Oakland’s Defremery Recreation Center.  Ryan from OYA was a gracious host.  He told us about the Board’s excitement, and thanked us for being there for the kids.

The kids were incredible. They seemed excited far beyond the power of what we could do together, in one short event.  Limited time with these kids makes it important to value what art does for them.  (A good article:  “Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration.”)

The creature making session started at 1:15-2:00pm.  Brandy showed the kids how to work with clay, and build geometric shapes to combine for sculpted bodies.  She showed them how to work the surfaces, roughening and scoring each facing part before molding them together.  It formed stronger bonds so pieces wouldn’t fall off when they dried.

2-3:30pm was lunch and outdoor time.  OYA provides free lunches made by older kids, fostering skills to make healthy meals.  For Brandy, the fruit salad with mint was so delicious, that she makes it at home now with mint from her garden.

3:30-4:15 was the kid’s time to make their creatures.  Let the photos show you their fun.

25 photos are below – this complete gallery has 90.

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