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Family Day

November 14, 2011

Yesterday was Family Day at the Surrey Art Gallery. It was my first time volunteering in over two years! I felt really good as soon as I walked through the door. There’s something about lending a hand to help your community that just gives you a good feeling. Kids and art are two of my most favourite things so I always have a lot of fun. I was put in the Clay station (as per usual) and like always it seemed to be the most popular, busy workshop. We were building African style masks inspired by the masks in the current exhibit.

I really wish I brought my camera but I did manage to snag a few photos with  my phone.

Here are the masks us volunteers made for examples.


Some masks kids and parents made. Nothing more exciting than a child’s imagination.


This kid Kylor made three really cool masks. Such an awesome imagination. Look at those bean teeth! So impressive.


Close up on the mask I made.

I was lucky to work with April again. She’s one of the pottery teachers at the gallery and has many years experience with clay. I’ve worked with her a few times in the clay workshop, as well as the soap ‘stone’ workshop several years ago.

I felt really inspired all day. Especially because I had the pleasure of working with Dianne. She’s a special needs lady that’s in a wheel chair. She loves volunteering with kids and is at every Family Day as well as Kid Fair just to name a few. She’s such a friendly lady and actually remembered who I was! She’s was eager to welcome people into our station and get them started with clay.

I felt really warm and fuzzy near the end of the day. We finally slowed down enough that April and I could talk. She asked me what I was up to and I mentioned I was stuck in a job I didn’t like. She said to me that I deserve to be happy. She said I was so good with kids and had a patient, kind way of speaking to them. She said I’d make a great teacher especially with my creativity. That’s when I had an “a ha” moment. Being an art teacher to kids would be my ultimate dream job. Especially in the Kindergarten to Grade 3 age. I love the way kid’s are so honest in their creations. They don’t care what it looks like or if it’s right or wrong. They don’t care if their tree is purple or if their skin colour is green. Kid’s are so amazing in so many ways. I feel like I should put myself out there and try to get into school to do that. I know it’s a few years, but I mean if it’s something I love why not do it? It has always been important to me to do something as a career that I love. I love kids, I love art so why not? So, I’m going to make a point to find out what I need to do to achieve my goal.

I had a lovely Sunday afternoon. I look forward to the next Family Day.

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