I started with art workshops during my student days. Children with mental and physical disabilities were included in those workshops – I started to paint with them and they accepted me, in their own way. That’s how it started. I realized that, while painting, I open new way of communication with children.
Children look at me during work; they are interested in all I have to do, from preparing colors on the palette until painting itself. They suddenly stop thinking about me in the wheelchair, different in everything but they are interested in what I am going to do next. Many want to try to paint with their feet; it’s like a new game to them. This is a good way to move barriers of prejudices which started to occur in this age.
I find it very important to tear down prejudices in these little people, the seed will stay in them and from it they can develop tolerance toward those who are different. I hope so!
Children can use my way of work to develop their own creativity in what interests them, not only painting, but any kind of occupation. Resourcefulness is welcomed in everything. I’m continuing with art workshops and I’m getting very positive reactions from the little people.