Tuesday, May 19, 2015

the Memory Project

A small group of friends from my college decided to do some artwork for a charity group called the Memory Project.

What is the Memory Project?

The Memory Project is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged. Given that kids in such situations tend to have few personal keepsakes, we're aiming to provide them with special memories that capture a piece of their childhood - portable pieces of their personal history. As much as possible, we also want to help the kids see themselves as works of art. To do this, art students receive photos of kids on our waiting list and then work in any medium to create the portraits (drawing, painting, digital art, collage, etc). Next, we deliver the portraits to the kids as gifts. We also take photos of the kids holding the portraits so the art students can see the delivery in action

We were giving a photo of the child and had a few months to create a portrait for that child. You could use any type of art you preferred, either traditional or digital.  I decided to use my copic markers.

I loved that each of us did something completely different to create our portrait for this beautiful kids.

This was a wonderful project and it was so heartwarming to get the photos of the children holding our artwork. 

This was a wonderful experience. My group of friends are talking about doing again next year. If you know any art groups that are looking for a fun and worthy charity activity please tell them about the Memory Project.

1 comment:

  1. What a fabulous idea! Great job on the portrait - I'm sure she will treasure it!