As an independent filmmaker whose latest film, Smuggled, is an award-winning fictional/narrative film that tells the story of a mother and son who are being smuggled into the U.S. in a hidden compartment beneath a tour bus, the Academy Award winning short film Inocente naturally caught my attention as, at the time the film was made, Inocente (the subject of the film) was an undocumented homeless teenager in San Diego, who happens to also be a very talented artist.
I watched the film at mtv.com and quickly understood why the film won the Oscar. Not only is Inocente a powerful, compelling, engaging subject but the filmmakers do her story justice. Her story will pull at your heart as will her art. So, this month for Kids Get Arty, I decided to do a large art piece with the boys inspired by Inocente - her spirit and her techniques.
|Inocente piece that inspired me personally as we painted together.|
Also, we had never really done a large art piece (besides one mural we did almost a year ago), so I liked that aspect of being inspired by Inocente as well -- creating a large art piece together (myself and the boys) and painting on a piece that is on the floor, as Inocente often did. I hope you enjoy the many photos from our art experience -- and if you decide to watch the film, which I hope you will, be forewarned that you may shed a tear (or two or several, a few different times). (Also, if you want to watch this with your children, depending on their age, you may want to only show select excerpts since she talks explicitly about being abused as a child and her and her mother both share openly about their struggles related to homelessness).
The film has also inspired me to make a donation of art supplies to a local shelter for homeless youth. If you decide to do something similar, call ahead first to find out what supplies they need and will be able to use.
|Spreading with a scrub brush.|
|Swirls added by mommy.|
|Wild Thing uses his paintbrush. I layered on a heart.|
|Wild Thing enjoyed paint layering as well.|
|Caterpillar mainly did this paint layering.|
|We also added some splatters to the heart.|
|And took a tricycle riding break...|
|...and did some nice painting on our feet!|
|Our final masterpiece!|