Drawing 4 Life - #D4L

#D4L is an international art education project, which aims to explore drawings into the free playing experience as method of accessing all people's perspectives. This project begins in Serres, a norther city in Greece and is leaded to who are in a vulnerability situation or suffered a forced migration. In addition to supporting refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants using Visual Arts that allow them to unleash artistic expression and build language skills.


The free playing is embraced and enhanced by many different perspectives of education and also is not about letting them play freely. It is about not intervene  or influence and realize that paintings do not come from memory rather from the organic memory.



Explore the creativity creating a symbolic dialogue for the identity from drawings. This project is inspired by ideas, process and works of Arno Stern, Alessandro Lumare and Simona Lobefaro.


Formulation, by A. Stern, is the spontaneous expression and the singularity of the formulation in that the expression  of everything that cannot be expressed, out of the the intentions, emotions or feelings and, it came from organic memory. At the same time it is a versatile expression that is given from the stroke which is becomes the bearer of something never expressed. Unlike in Art it fulfills a function, in art something is transmitted and something is created and, in Formulation, this does not happen.


Segni Mossi is a movement and graphic sign project for children and adults. assuming that dance and drawing are two ways to make a mark, they work where to experience the consequences of this insight. What is produced is not born from an intention, but from a very deep need that is inherent and unknown, organic.


The gesture tracing is the organic mark that defines a feature of universal identity. Both graphical productions and dance/expression productions are traces of processes.


The purpose of developing the image is that children are developing the process are not conditioned by judgement about the sense of subjectivity or aesthetics of construction, generating creative proposal or being.

It was such a new sensory experience, their thoughts were on both the magic that was happening with using their feet, and the logistics of making it work.

Why drawing?


Drawing is as basic and essential mode of expression as is language and writing. 

Since childhood, children begin drawing basic primary figures using squiggly in swirls, dots or any other basic form which give them free rein to artistic self expression as a visual language.


 “Drawing is not about what one sees  it’s about what one makes others see”.


The nature of representing play, as well as abstract concepts in general, arise from the experience during drawing time where, upon asking a child to represent a role, a character or anything else based on a specific topic they can draw or make graphic gestures that they think of when they hear the word play: "... OK now we become trains... how does sound a train? Be a train with a pencil/marker..."


And suddenly,  another primary research question became:

- What can drawings reveal about children's perspectives on play?

Special thanks to Hannah, Marisa Penagos and Sami to their support and help in this project.