The student’s results have been favourable. Student performance has shown an improvement in their ability to focus their attention, and helped in their psychomotor development.
Each art class is an exercise in creativity that has helped the students solve problems, for example, the ability to discern differences and similarities between shapes and colours.
The children`s visual and linguistic expression, learned through creating Art, is brought forward into their daily life.
The program ‘Educarte’ was run by Siobhan Bryan and Antonio Lopez Vega for two and a half years. They taught to over one hundred students in different communities. The program was unable to continue due to an illness.
In 2009 the program resumed and Rancho Viejo was selected by the community to receive Arts Education. The program was successful, up to ninety kids attended every session.
After a financial crisis in Mexico, the Community Church of San Miguel de Allende, Feed the Hungryand the Instituto Allende sponsored the project. The program lasted just for one school year.
In 2014, the rural school Emiliano Zapata, in Fajardo DE Bocas, ‘Educarte’ began to deliver their Art Program on Saturdays. It was decided to limit the program for thirty students in order to provide a better quality of teaching. Dedication to the creative process appealed to a smaller group of students.
Another one of the project’s goals was to establish a children’s Art Museum. Children’s art shows adults what we have forgotten; the simplicity of being human. We want to celebrate the freedom of spirit shown in children`s Art, and to promote its importance, and enjoyment.
The Texas A&M University, The Community Church of San Miguel de Allende, Vía Organica, and The Instituto Allende PROUDLY sponsor Educarte, which is now called CULTIVARTE.
Students will begin by creating stories that are drawn in 2-dimensional planes.
Next, they will re-create their forms in cardboard in 3-dimensionS. Finally, the students will build their Art form in clay.
The student`s are learning proper, professional techniques, and methodology in order to enrich their artistic experience.
This project also helps to build the children`s self-esteem.
Marina Valadez, a professor who taught the children`s Art workshop in Fajardo de Bocas previously, has found a sustainable supply of good clay in the region to make this effort a reality.