Every Monday afternoon I hold a free art class for children in Molyvos in the studio of the Athens School of Fine Arts’ residence in Molyvos. The studio has all kinds of interesting objects in it, such as skulls of sheep and other animals, old farm machinery, sculptures, and various art supplies, easels, and so on. I don’t have a lot to work with, but am able to find what I need to teach the children basic drawing skills.
My students range the ages of 8 to 12 and either live in Molyvos full time or have homes here and spend the summer on the island. In the photo are Smaragda (which means ‘Emerald’), Mariella, and Harris. They’re good students and with each class are getting better at seeing light and shade. They’re eager to learn and are excited about the class. In my last class, Harris, the youngest, told me that the sound of his pencil moving over the paper as he drew was like making music. It’s a real joy to teach these children.