Sunday 30th March was a beautiful sunny day for the first “Art Workshop” to be held at the Paraíso del Burro. The event was a relaxed and happy affair with a mix of adults and children taking part. The event leader was Lydia who demonstrated the techniques needed to create and print some wonderful pictures, mainly relating to animals and nature but totally personal and without the need for any previous experience.
In the morning we learned how to create our pictures using a variety of materials which were glued into place onto thick card. Almost any material can be used: card, fabrics, ribbon, flowers, tea, coffee… You are totally free to let your imagination flow.
All work stopped for lunch and everyone enjoyed a picnic in the open air with a variety of food provided by all in attendance and shared between everyone – both volunteers and those attending the workshop.
The afternoon session involved the printing of the prepared work and the revealing of the finished article. Once your picture has been created it has to be painted over with a water-based paint and prepared in readiness for printing. It is then covered with dampened printing paper and passed through the “press”. This was the most exciting part of the day for everyone as they peeled back the paper to reveal the finished article to gasps of amazement and joy.
What a fabulous day we all had and grateful thanks go out to Anuska for organizing the event and to Lydia for supplying all the materials and demonstrating the techniques in such a clear and patient manner.
On Sunday 5th August the Association had a stall at the annual picnic or Romeria organised by “Animales del Oriente” in Infiesto. The event started at 12.30 when Marleen and Miquel set up the stall for the Donkey Paradise with small items which we sell, along with a few “donkey cakes” which were sold very quickly. Next year we must certainly make more cakes.
The event starts off slowly, with a few people looking around the various stalls which include books, DVD’s, toys, bric-a-brac, pet supplies and artisan goods. There is lively music with D.J. “Mark” and a bar for refreshments. People have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a picnic in a beautiful setting next to the river and its famous cave which is the setting for a small chapel.
After lunch, the event picks up a pace and lots of people arrive with their dogs to take part in various events. Añes and Lola come along to give rides to the children and games are organized for children. There was also a display of agility and dog training.
It is very much an event which we enjoy being a part of. Unfortunately I only took photos during the early part of the day and they don’t show how busy the event became later on, however, you can see more photos and read about the event by going to this link or www.animalesdeoriente.com and clicking their Facebook page.