Barbara Steinberg's summer series art class students in Kihei have joined the In Defense of Animals' (IDA) companion animal Guardian Campaign.
IDA, an international animal protection organization, started the campaign to teach keiki that pets deserve to be treated with kindness and care. IDA has been working with Steinberg to convey these values to her students.
In the program, students are given the opportunity to paint themselves as guardians with their dogs and cats.
Combining kindness and responsibility with art education, the children learn to draw and shade their paintings and to paint by mixing new colors from the three primary colors. The children also paint beautiful watercolors of many animals that are native to Hawai'i, as well as their family pets.
In this class, which is cosponsored by Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation, the children also become members of Maui Kindness Club, where they pledge to be kind to animals.
At a recent art show at the Kihei Aquatic Center, the students were given art award certificates and praised by parents and teachers alike for their participation in this special program.
This same art class will continue in the fall quarter from Aug. 15 to Oct. 9.
For more information, contact Steinberg, BFA, at 879-0025.