Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We've had a few field trips for school recently where we toured facilities we might be assigned to intern at. Todays trip was to an Abilities Center where those who are mentally challanged (and others) learn skills to work in the world. OMG Can i tell you! As far as a day job as far as something to pay bills while I work on my fairytale and art...i want to teach art to the mentally challanged. Absolutely. much more than teaching to children. I practically cried when i was there. everyone was so happy and everyone showed it. big huge smiles and everyone happy to do their little jobs that they were learning. I would love to teach these people to collage and learn about picasso and matisse, have them make their own paper cut outs and JOURNALS oh good lord can they keep a journal? I need to find out.

I must get a job with these people ; )

16 comments:

Lina said...

That is awesome, i hope it comes true for you! Good Luck.

nancyb said...

Oh yes absolutely! You would love it and they would love you so much! Go for it girl! xo

Babytreese said...

Oh Suzi you don't know how it warmed my heart to read your entry today. My son is a "special" child and his artistic abilities are astounding!! He is so blessed it scares me! I have his art all over our home. He can just look at something and draw it! He's such a sweetheart too! Artsy people usually are ;-) My son has 3 more years left in school. I am researching where he will work after graduation. I must keep those artistic juices flowing in him 24/7! I hope I can find a place for him to work that will allow him to continue to express himself. No Wal-Mart Greeter for my baby! ;-)

amy said...

That sounds great for you. And it would probably benefit you as much as them! Children and the mentally challenged are really so different from the rest of us with the way they view the world and just pick things up and go with it.They also haven't lost their imagination and don't have a fear of creating. I think they could all do journals definitely. My daughter is 2 and sort of does one off and on. Scribbles on Oct. 30 for example.

Dave said...

Yes that would be wonderful for you to do that for them! I hope you can get it! Good luck!

suzi blu said...

babytreese,
I am researching and there are so many books on Amazon for teaching art to people with disabilities. Im so excited. I encourage you to help your son continue in the arts for a job. If I ever come across any ideas I will blog them to you.

Nerd Bunny said...

Hey Suzi, this sounds like the perfect job for you! I can imagine how your enthusiasm and passion for art and creativity could fuel a thousand childhood dreams... Your warmth and generosity would be so valuable.
NB x

PJ said...

Special needs people are very special people as are the people who work with them! It can be so positive..going through training for Special needs school buses I know this. Absolutely, if you find the calling GO FOR IT! when you find something that is a natural fit so many door will open for you!

red tin heart said...

i use to work with mentally and physically handicapped people. it is rewarding. i am sure you bring much joy to them with your wonderful personality. xoxo nita

Anonymous said...

You're moving in the right direction it sounds! Totally agree with you here--my experience working in special education, autistic, down syndrome, etc. individuals, the vast majority are trained to work with them as educators in their field: "special education". it would be such a gift to the kids you would be working with for them to have the opportunity to experience what you could facilitate for them. Sounds fantastic!
Hugs from the Mediterranean coast,
Lisa

kelly said...

Suzi I'm so happy for you. It's great to have something special like your gift with art and even more beautiful that you choose to share it with everyone.

Happy Halloween!!!!
warmly,

kelly nc

suzi blu said...

Lisa, I will have a BA in psych and also a certificate for early child Ed in May, I wonder if that will be enough? Im going to intern at some places first and hopefully get my foot in the door. Im ordering a bunch of books online for teaching art to people with disabilities...I really have had it with school I dont want to go past may! I am determine to get a job teaching out somehow, without a masters in art education. What do you think? - sue

suzi blu said...

that was "teaching art".

my brain moves faster than my typing skills.

Anonymous said...

i have worked in that field for 17 years,,you just have to break it down to their indiviudal levels,,good luck with what ever you do,,,huggs

Art-de-Mia said...

I wanted to tell you Suzi that I have been working with children with special needs for nine years. I focus on expressive techniques that allow them freedom to express themselves without the pressures that schoolwork holds over them. My nephew, Jack...who absolutely loves watching your videos...has Cerebral Palsy and a disorder called selective mutism. He only talks to four people including myself, however through art he is openly communicating in public, which he didn’t do before. He is not talking to strangers or even other family members yet but he does talk in public to us. This is huge progress. Art truly does heal! There are so many job options out there. All it takes is some love and lots of patience to teach these individuals...you would be awesome at it! ~Maria

suzi blu said...

Maria,

I am not in any way saying that it is good your child has select mutism because I know you want him to be expressive and talk to the world! But as I read yr post I got a lump in my throat. There is something so beautiful in the fact that he will only talk to a few chosen people. Like his words are so special only people who he loves are allowed to hear. He is a poet.