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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.

Observing and Imitating Birds

In our creative workshops we have incorporated nature observation as a tool to inspire creativity within the children, as well as to stimulate awareness of their surroundings. Focusing on birds as an example of nature, the children observed birds in flight and were encouraged to imitate their movement, stretching out their arms and using them as […]

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Paper Mosaic Workshop

This week the children made paper mosaics from small pieces of paper. This activity enhances colour recognition and hand skills. The children use their hands to cut, paste and fill their pages with creative patterns. When the room is full of children it slowly becomes quiet as they are immersed in creative activity. The children […]

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Mask Making

This week children at Stanford Creative Works made paper plate masks. The theme that the children worked with was fantasy creatures and we all made funny, scary, colourful faces depending on the mood and inspiration of each individual in the group. Mask making provides children with an opportunity to play and take on different roles […]

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Stanford Creative Works: 2014 Review

2014 was a year full of activities and projects at Stanford Creative Works (SCW). The workshops now accommodate over 100 children on a weekly basis and we work with a team of committed community mothers. This team is growing as we are planning to expand into smaller workshops for 2015. We celebrated 2 VIVA Art […]

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Mural Project at Die Bron School

Stanford Creative Works (SCW) conducted an end of year project with the grade 7 learners at Die Bron School in Stanford. We had Gunther Gorbahn a social worker and artist from Berlin here for a visit and together we worked on a mural in the feeding area of the school. The intention is to beautify […]

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SCW Horse Riding Outing

On Friday 21 November, 10 children from the Stanford community were treated to an amazing experience riding horses from the African Horse Company. We drove them from the township to Stanford Hills Wine Estate where the horses are based. A group of volunteers conducted the horse riding. There were 3 horses available, so the children […]

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Swimming at Stanford

These photographs were taken at Farm 215, 20 kilometres outside Stanford. Swimming lessons are conducted with our partner group, Music and Movement supported by and Lomond Wines SEC and run by Sam Gabb. Sam regularly takes the children on swimming outings to boost their confidence and security in water. The children love these outings and […]

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Rainbows at SCW

Children at SCW recently created rainbows out of paper plates and woollen string and created a rainbow mobile. Many colourful pieces came out of this workshop and the children were very proud to take them home to decorate their homes.

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Zwelihle Hermanus Whale Festival

Once again SCW collaborated with the Viva Foundation based in South Africa. This included a weekend of mural painting during the Whale Festival in Hermanus. The mural painting is an ongoing project with this being our fourth festival in the Overberg area. The vision is to create a Living Art Gallery in Zwelihle Township outside […]

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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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