Mount Sinai Hospital 02/17/16
Tonight Elana gave a 30 minute drawing lesson to a group of young kids who were eager to draw along! The theme was a slightly belated Valentine’s Day tribute honoring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. As usual, the time flew by so fast that there was no time for everything we wanted to draw, especially Pepe le Pew, poor guy.
Childhelp Los Angeles 02/13/16
We had a wonderful time making Valentine’s Day cards with our friends at Childhelp in Hollywood today! We had a great group of about 15 kids and all the goods for many many cards, with LOTS of accoutrement to be glued, drawn and bedazzled so each child could personalize their own card. Some had cartoon characters drawn on the front, Some created more of a collage. Colored pencils and felt pens brought the cards to life- thank you Blick Arts! We had a lot of smiling faces by the time our hour and a half was up.
Thank you so much to our trusty volunteers: Michael Daedalus Kenny, Jeanette King, Christian Lignan, Kataneh Vahdani and a huge welcome to new member, Marla Frazee! Thank you also to our W. Coast Director, Joseph Scott, who so deftly captained our love boat.
New Alternatives for Children 02/02/16
For my first event as Director of Ink Well at New Alternatives for Children, we started off with a brief conversation about shapes – which shape is strongest? Then we drew structures – strong structures! Like forts and castles – that used a chosen shape. Then I projected a Science Ninjas comic on the wall that featured an engineering challenge where our heroes needed to build a sturdy bridge with limited resources.
This led directly to our next activity – we gave the kids toothpicks and gumdrops and had them build their own structures. They had some really creative ideas!
Then I passed out some free games and we played a few rounds of Valence! As is typical, they picked it up real fast. One young man liked the game so much he had me sign his copy. It was a great event, and I’m looking forward to doing more of them! -Nathan Schreiber, IWF Director at NAC.