In the past, Wat Opot has produced some great artists, as evidenced below by the Elephant Room on our campus. Many of them have gone on to use what they had learned here in their professional lives.
Unfortunately, we could no longer afford the program and therefore the artistic development of our new children has been neglected. A few months back one of our alumni was involved in an accident that put him in the hospital for several weeks and then had a long recuperation at home. Although he is now recovered, he has lost his job and just recently offered to start teaching art to the children on Sundays.
Mr. Nith has had to start with just the basics because most of our children now have never had any art training.
A few of the older children still remember some of the things they were taught in the past and hopefully with Mr. Nith’s help they will be able to rekindle their passion for drawing.
We have a long ways to go but it is nice to see the excitement on their faces when they accomplish something they didn’t know they could do.
And even our four-year-old was quite pleased with his ability to express himself on paper.
Only time will tell if we can produce more professional Watopotian artists… but if enthusiasm has anything to do with it, I think there is a good chance that we will.
Thanks for checking in on us. It is your support and encouragement that allows us the offer this opportunity to our children and we are grateful for each one of you.
This is just wonderful that the kids can learn drawing. Out of adversity (Nith’s accident), he is regifted by becoming an art teacher again!! It’s a win-win for all!!