It all started during a 2 months trip hiking across the Himalayas. Philippe Blondel followed one of his dreams of giving back. Giving back to the country and people that meant so much to him during his time in Nepal. To those that inspire him the most and at the same time, form our future: kids. One bus ride and a meaningful encounter later, the ‘Art For School’ project was born.
The essence of the ‘Art For School’ project is about giving kids the chance to discover and create art. Possibly as a way to express themselves, but also to simply put a smile on their faces. Encouraging self-expression through art for someone who has never held a brush at the age of 12.
The first ‘Art For School’ project was realized at the RGSVS (Rupakot Gauri Shankar Vidhya Sadan) school in Sundar Bazar, Nepal. Philippe spent two months at the school teaching, talking, painting and creating with the kids. Being so caught up in the moment and the lives of the children he entered, that he sometimes even forgot what he originally came for. But in the end, it is also where realized what might be the most important aspect of the project.
“Art For School is not my project, it’s theirs…maybe ours!”
After another edition at the Tara Child Center in Delhi, Philippe returned back home to Canada and created an original art collection of 33 pieces, using the children’s creations and his own images mixed with digital manipulation.
This year, the ‘Art For School’ project was going to be realized in collaboration with different organizations and schools in Africa, however is currently delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Yet, the most important thing Philippe realized during this process, is the impact any project and (personal) initiative can have in leaving this world a better place.
Do you want to know more about the ‘Art For School’ project? Get in touch with Philippe directly.
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