Two of our very own wonderful ESL teachers, Blair Pettit and Grace Wasson, have started teaching a ceramics class at Posada Esperanza! Blair and Grace have been creating ceramics for a while now, and have brought their talents to Posada to help the women discover a new creative outlet to relieve their stress.
Their goal is provide the women of Posada a way to relax, as a sort of art therapy. Speaking about the project, Grace says, “we made the ceramic dishes out of my apartment this past summer and brought them to Posada a few weeks ago for the women to paint. Because this was our very first session, we didn’t know what to expect. Only one woman, Nelly, was able to participate, but it was a success nonetheless. Rather than teaching her how to make certain designs or what looks “good”, we sat down alongside her and just went to town–creating unplanned, sporadic designs that covered the dishes”.
This method of ‘there’s-no-wrong-way’ gives the women of Posada a sense of liberty to be as creative as they want and while doing so, become relaxed and comfortable, chatting and painting away in a calming atmosphere.
Speaking of the end result, Grace is excited to see what the finished product looks like: “I believe each of us greatly benefitted from that first session, and I can’t wait to see the final results!”