This week we went to Juvenile Detention Centre, a place where boys stay while they await their sentence. A fellow volunteer, Ana, prepared a workshop but couldn't participate on that day, so we decided to lead it all together. Her idea was for them to create expressive self-portraits.
In the beginning we all sat in a circle and Sophie showed them some images of self portraits from famous artists, abstract and realistic ones so they gained inspiration from the different techniques and styles. After that, Emma explained to the boys how to make the proportions when drawing a face.
But before we started with the self portraits, we asked them to sit I front of the big mirror in the room and to draw themselves without looking at the paper and without taking the pen off the paper. This blind continuous line drawing was a really funny activity and the boys laughed a lot about their drawings.
Then we started with the portraits. We told them that they could use any style and material they wanted and after a few minutes it was completely quiet and everyone got really into their self portait, drawing and painting. They were so focused and concentrated the whole time! We also did a portrait, it was really enjoyable and calming.
We had a really amazing time and great outcomes in the end!
It was the last time for me and two other volunteers, Rosie and Sophie, and we're all going to miss this place and the boys so much.
All the best,