I’ve seen Po Leung Kuk all over Hong Kong but didn’t know what they do here. They have a massive building in Causeway Bay that I’ve passed by several times on the bus and was excited to find out that was where I’d be going to help with a Linklaters sponsored painting day. At this location, Po Leung Kuk provides integrated family services, one of which is residential child care.
The artists we worked with were 3-16 years old and we painted on large wood panels and canvases for their dormitory hallways and rooms. The theme they chose was woodlands (underwater for the younger ones). In the morning, a group of the older kids came and helped with priming the front of the boards and lacquering the back. They returned after lunch to start the planning process. Before my group of 3-4 year olds arrived, I spent time with some of the older artists to discuss ideas and draft their boards. We began painting when the Linklaters volunteers arrived. There was a lot going on at once but the space was filled with creative energy. I wasn’t able to stop to get any work in progress photos of the 3-4 yr olds but they enjoyed mixing the background colours to show it was underwater and learned how to make gestures and shapes into the paint. I quite like how their pieces turned out—abstract representations of sea creatures swimming quickly :).
We had a chance to stop in the dormitory and have a look at the hallway where the art would be going up. The paintings really brightened up the space.