along with different organizations and individual good-doers came together
to help Cerro Alegre, a local elementary school by providing dance outfits for their dance group, painting the school walls, building playground equipment and
providing desks and supplies.
In addition, Desafio Adventure Company together with a local travel planning company paired together to fund a mural painted by Selina Lee, a Canadian
mural is an interactive piece of art, designed to not only beautify the school
but get the children in the school involved in the art process at the same
time. The artist, Selina Lee discusses her motivation behind the mural below:
about this project was wonderful; from creating the design, to meeting the
staff, to getting the kids involved. I
decided to paint a tree because a tree is something that is continuously
growing and evolving: the leaves sprout, mature, and then fall to the ground,
deteriorate and provide nutrients for the tree to grow new leaves," said Lee.
reminds me of what happens at many schools, especially Cerro Alegre. It has
been given a lot of love and that love is recycled throughout the school and
community. This was visible for me when I first walked in. While I
was painting, the kids gathered around me at any opportunity possible to ask me
all kinds of questions about my artwork. This sparked some good English
conversation practice and some exploration with mixing colors together to form
new ones. They were also super supportive and offered many words of encouragement," said Lee.
Lee decided to invite the children to participate in the painting process because she has always loved the idea of participatory artwork. It allows each
individual artist to offer their special touch to the painting, and at the same
time create more meaning to the piece of art at an individual level. Also, many
elementary schools across Costa Rica do not receive enough funding to provide
their students with art class, so this was some of their first times ever
working with paint.
the process by teaching an art class to a group of children in the kindergarden
class. We “warmed up" our creativity with various activities, including my favorite
activity that involves dancing and drawing. This seemed to work well because
when the kids sat down to paint, they were excited and could paint freely."
each got their own leaf-shaped piece of wood to paint, and when they were done, the paintings were nailed to the center of the leaves on the tree. The children
were very proud of what they had created.
mural is now more than just something that beautifies the school - it is
something that they can connect with and will remember for many years. Lee's hope
is that it has sparked something inside of the students that will allow them to
continue to use their creativity, with the possibility to have paint as the
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