I have some experience working with children, since I have been a substitute teacher, taught community education classes and private art lessons. However, since I don’t have children of my own, and grew up in a family with few siblings and cousins, I am always slightly self-conscious when working with a new group of small humans. Several of my friends are troop leaders for a Brownies Girl Scout troop, and I was asked to facilitate a small art lesson with the girls. Despite the fact that I was never a girl scout, I fully support the idea of an organization that promotes intelligence, leadership skills, volunteer work, team building, etc. among girls.
For the project, each girl was provided a binder that they were to decorate with their names. These were the start of their own unique visual journals. For the first page, that we created that day, everyone received the letters reading, “I am”. From there, the girls flipped through magazines to find words and imagery that described them, their families, their likes, etc. The goal was to stay positive and focus on the good and important aspects of who they are. It was a sort of adorable chaos. However, they girls seemed to enjoy themselves and they did take to the project with great attitudes, so it certainly seemed successful to me.