This week we are introducing you to a young volunteer here at The Messy Artist: Alexandria, an 8th grade middle school student. After seeing our sign one day while driving by with her mother, she reached out to us about interning. She joined us this summer and currently helps out in our Chagalls classes of 3-6 year old children. Her patience and ability to relate to the students are wonderful complements to the passion she has for both art and children.
How long have you been coming to The Messy Artist?
Since July of 2014, for the summer.
Why did you want to intern/volunteer here?
I wanted to volunteer at a place that I can use my skills/love of art and work with children.
What is the best part about interning at The Messy Artist?
Connecting with the children, and being able to work/teach to every child. Also, learning about new art projects/ideas that I can share with other teachers and peers.
Have you always enjoyed working with young kids? Have you had other experience doing this?
Yes, I have been working with kids for a long time, and have always enjoyed it. Before I came to The Messy Artist I worked with children, but mainly with children at a special needs camp.
We know you help your mom a lot with children with special needs. Do you prefer working with typically developing children or children with special needs?
I don’t prefer any type of children – with or without disabilities – but I have a special place in my heart for children with special needs.
What is your first memory of making art?
In my first grade art class, I drew a still life picture, using pastels, charcoal, and color pencils and realizing my talent because I won an art award.
Do you have a favorite medium (painting, pencil, clay)?
Pencil and painting but only acrylic – not watercolor.
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Drawing, All-Star Cheerleading, Reading and completing puzzles.
What advice do you have for adults, about art or kids?
I would want adults to encourage each child with positive feedback with each project/picture that they draw. Also, to engage with their imaginary play and design of what they made.
What is your favorite place that you have been?
The beach in Lavallette.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Alexandria – and for coming in to intern every week! You help make The Messy Artist a special place.