A painting class for deaf children in the central highlands province of Lam Dong was launched by a Tuoi Tre Newspaper community project in December last year.
The class, initiated by painter Nguyen The Thong to teach needy, disabled children the arts for free, takes place inside the library of the province’s Deaf School. The 20-square-meter room is now occupied every Sunday by 15 local deaf students who are more than excited to express themselves visually. So far, the paintings have mostly depicted the students' daily lives, friends and dreams.
“Though my students physically are incapable of hearing and speech, their visual thinking is prominent and painting is a good way for them to express their creativity. Before we give them jobs, the project aims to equip the students with more skills to help them be more confident in themselves,” Thong, 24, a Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts graduate, told the newspaper.
After basic lessons, the students learned to draw and paint on various materials, including glass, porcelain, and cardboard, as vocational training.
The project, which includes a free library for children in the province’s Da Lat town, is supported by the newspaper and other entrepreneurs in Lam Dong Province, in corporation with volunteers from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture and the Lam Dong College of Education.