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Stanford Creative Works Projects

The Stanford Creative Works Project, based in Stanford in the Western Cape, promotes a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment for children and young adults to explore their creative potential. The Stanford Creative Works Projects is a community based, not-for-profit organisation founded on the belief that access to quality art and cultural education for all people is fundamental for the growth of healthy, wholesome and aware individuals and communities.

The importance of a nurturing environment for our children

Over and over we observe the special time and space that the workshops provide our children. During these workshops the children are acknowledged and given time to spend on quiet activities. It is very important and essential for the children’s emotional state but also their physical growth and development. This week I observed a group […]

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The Importance of Play

This week we have focussed on the importance of ‘play’. Too often this theme is taken for granted and we forget that ‘play’ is a vital form of therapy for children of all ages and even adults! Here are the words of O. Fred Donaldson to inspire us to ‘play’ more often. Peace is Child’s […]

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Material Collage

This month’s theme is enhancing and learning about base concepts. We are searching for shapes and patterns around us, exploring colour and texture as well as finding an understanding of how our body relates in size and shape to our environment. During this week students were occupied with material collage making. We used bits and […]

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Patterns and Shapes

This week’s project was all about patterns and shapes. The kids were encouraged to look for patterns around us. We looked at windows and different burglar bars, identifying squares, triangles or rectangular. We looked at a water bowl and investigated the ripples made when we throw a stone or alternative object into the water. We […]

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Movement and Music Workshop

Here are some expressions from our partner workshops at Lomond wine farm run by Sam Gabb once a week. These workshops are aimed at reaching the farm children who live far away from accessible afterschool programmes. This week the children worked with paper mache and proceeded in decorating their artworks. The group consists of children […]

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Stanford Gardens Update

It has been some time but we are moving forward nicely. The Stone Church garden is developing its infrastructure. We received a truckload of Stone pine offcuts which are now being used as support walls for raised gardens and we are building a wooden fence to protect the vegetables. There has been considerable growth of […]

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SACS Material Donation

We had a wonderful donation of oil pastels, paint, paper, glue, brushes and scissors from the SACS high school in Cape Town. Thank you for your support SACS. The new material was used in the workshop. We are working on the theme, nature around us. This theme is perfect as whales are coming back into […]

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Transition Garden in Regensburg, Germany

On our visit to Germany we connected and visited several community projects, one of them being the Transition Garten fuer Alle in Regensburg town. The garden is a community initiative whereby residents come and grow vegetables; connect with nature by working together on garden projects. The garden is run on municipal land and there is […]

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Visitors from Around the World

Recently we had a group of international volunteers visiting us in Stanford. The group consisted of Brazilian, Japanese and German students who spent the day painting murals in the Stanford community. Our children joined in with the painting and spent the afternoon interacting with our visitors. We are including more and more Stanford children in […]

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SCW Garden Activity

Here in Stanford we have started using small spaces at the homes surrounding the rugby field where the SCW workshops take place. We have been planting herbs and vegetables together with the children. We have replanted Jenny October and Elizabeth’s gardens. The gardens will enable Jenny and Elizabeth  to use fresh ingredients in the soup. […]

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