Dear You is starting a new series with homeschoolers! You and your child can find a friend from abroad to make and share art with. This can be done individually and/or in small groups.
Dear You is similar to having pen friends, except that in this project, every correspondence gives the opportunity for the participants to share about themselves and to be open to their new friends through traditional letter writing and mail art exchange. Every participant will receive an age-appropriate Dear You monthly art project, which all the artists will create and then mail to each other. The monthly art projects offer creative approaches for self-expression whilst making collective and interdisciplinary artwork with their friends from abroad. In Dear You, the focus is on the process, not necessarily the end result and it is integrative with where the students are in their learning journey.
The homeschool teacher will assist in all these fun and creative things to share- anything that fits in an envelope! There is freedom for all participants to take these prompts in any direction they wish. Who knows where this creative exchange will take you? That’s exciting! : ).
This program is run on a monthly basis and has two sessions, each lasting 4 months each. The first session is from September to December and the second is from January to April. The only thing I ask for is that a time commitment is confirmed so that the students in both countries will know how long they will be corresponding with their new friend.
If you are in the Geelong, Australia feel free to reach out to Amal Laala at amallaala(at)hotmail.com to learn more about how you can get involved. There is the possibility for local participants to meet on a monthly basis.
For all other parts of the world, contact Arlene Tucker at arlene.dearyou(at)gmail.com.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!
Arlene & Amal