Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Space Of Her Own

Tonight I'll be teaching eleven 5th graders and their mentors about using masks and stencils to decorate pillow cases. This project is part of the SOHO (Space of Her Own) program. Every year, at-risk girls in Alexandria, Virginia are paired with mentor volunteers to work on a series of art projects to foster self esteem. The program is part of The Art League's outreach to the community. At the end of the year program, each girl gets a room makeover that incorporates the art projects created during the year.

This is the first time I've done a project for the program. I was asked to work with pillowcases. Since the girls had already done a relief printing project, I suggested working with stencils and masks to create, Dream Big pillowcases. Although mine are decorative, I plan to suggest that the girls think about their dreams and how they might represent them. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the girls do with this project. I plan to bring my camera along tonight so I might have some more photos to share tomorrow.


  1. What a fascinating and worthwhile project - good luck with it - and I'll certainly watch out for the results!

    1. Thanks, Margaret. I can't wait to see what they create!