When our students step into the KIDA art studio with our Art Teacher Dianne Aoki, they enthusiastically enter a realm of unobstructed expression and creativity. Through a gentle, methodical process of painting they create with the colors of the rainbow. With graphite, pen, pastel and charcoal they make marks on paper; the joy of freely exploring textures that stimulate spontaneous tactile, visceral and visual sensations is written all over their happy faces throughout these processes!
Painting with brushes (and, at times fingers and hands), they explore primary and secondary colors, the magical mixing of colors to create new ones, as well as different printmaking techniques (particularly the mono-print, and occasionally relief). Students are consistently practicing the effective use of a paintbrush, application of paint on paper, and drawing techniques and strategies, routinely gaining incremental expertise and confidence! As students at KIDA are often involved in several therapy sessions throughout their day, all of which are necessarily structured and specific goal-oriented.