My name is Otilia Kocsis, and I volunteered to teach a 30 weeks workshop (1 session of 2 hours per week, ) in watercolor painting to retired women (aged over 60 years old) at one of the community centers in my city (Patras, Greece), which will hopefully be only the first in a series to follow. The workshop is foreseen as 1 session of 2 hours per week, it will start in September 2014 and will end in June 2015. The number of ladies expected to attend in the first group is about 15 (10 already confirmed).
The community center has space and infrastructure (room to host the workshop, furniture, etc) to support the project, but there are no any funds to support with the necessary materials, like watercolor paper, paints, brushes, sketch blocks, pencils, etc. Due to the crisis, it is almost impossible to find any governmental support for this workshop. Also, I cannot afford to pay these by myself, thus I am trying to find alternative ways to raise the necessary funds.
One of the first things that came to my mind is crowd funding, and in order to make it worth and rewarding for people around the world to help with this project I am offering some of my Open Edition prints and my free time and painting abilities to create custom floral watercolors (subject choice and directions of the contributors to the fund raising campaign) as rewards. If you would like to find out more, please check my project titled Elderly Women in Patras Learn Watercolor Painting on Indiegogo. Even if you cannot contribute yourself, I would really appreciate any pins and noise you can make about it!
So, this blog is dedicated to host news about the workshop(s) that will take place under this concept. For each new workshop we are going to create a new page, with additional information on the attendants, and progress work of each of them. This way you will have the opportunity to see the project growing and getting on track. After each session we will also post a wrap up of what happened, which was the aim of the session, the difficulties we encountered, the main concerns and achievements of the group.
You are welcome to enjoy the journey with us, and we also invite you to join us!