Youth Interaction Through Art, the winter art camp this year was held in Dewathang from 4 -10 of January. 75 children from ages 12 – 17 came from all over Dewathang to attend the 7 day art camp. 15 student members from VAST, assisted 4 senior instructors in making the camp a fun experience.
VAST had the good fortune this year to partner with the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative for this annual winter art camp. We worked together with 3 dynamic SJI members to merge art with the concept of GNH and zero waste living. Students learned to be conscious of their waste and work to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Along with basic art lessons (charcoal, portrait, pastels, landscape, etc.), students learned how to turn their waste into works of art. They were also exposed to a healthy lifestyle with all the vegetarian food at the camp grown organically by local farmers. Every morning began with a meditation exercise and the days were filled with activities that build coordination,teamwork, confidence and compassion.The camp came to a close on the 10th of January with an exhibition of students’ artwork and prize distribution.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to 4 master students from the famous Kalabhavan in Shantiniketan (India) who volunteeresd as visisting instructors. We would also like to thank the young volunteer cooks who kept us full filled and well fed up troughout the day.