Spreading Face Painting Around the World

Have you ever dreamed of traveling around the world to paint the faces of kids who may never get the opportunity? I have nearly my whole life, but I have found myself stationed in Michigan since the birth of my daughter when I was 24, and haven’t quite figured out how to take her on a wild road trip.

Last year I got the opportunity to teach face painting to a group of global volunteers who live in a school community (IICDmichigan.org) 45 minutes from my house. These volunteers come from Asia, Europe, Africa, South America,  North America…probably from everywhere! For some reason the school is in a little farming town in Michigan, where they learn the skills  needed to work with an organization called Humana People to People and work in communities of the world’s poor.

I went the first time and showed an example of Story Telling Face Painting, using a story from Christopher Agostino’s book, and then held a hands on workshop for 20 some students. They loved to get into the paint. I donated some paints for them to use, did another workshop, and then when those that really took to the art asked for more paints, I sold them at the lowest price possible.

The pictures below show what one team that went to Brazil got in to, painting non stop for hours and hours on the sweet kids in their project.

The other collage is pictures of children painted by my friend Pedro, who made the Body of Art Calendar with me, during Children’s Day in Africa.

When Karina, from the Brazil team, came back to the U.S., she came to visit Santi and I, and told us all about how amazing the experience was. The kids were totally thrilled, and they painted each other from then on.

I think that this is an amazing way to serve the world, when we are just one person, we can train many to go out and spread joy through face painting.

If you like the idea, check out local organizations that train volunteers in your area.  If you have any questions, please shoot me and e-mail or give me a call.

8 comments on “Spreading Face Painting Around the World

  1. You are a really good person who gives ahead or however that goes. I am so glad I found you, I can only imagine what it meant to those people. May your cup run over with joy.

  2. Thank you for sharing, in many ways! I have found the best times of my life is when I am giving of myself with no expectation of returns. Especially when it involves bringing joy to others. At this stage in our life we seek out others that share the same passion to serve and we are honored to share our lives with you.
    Keep up the great work!

    • So true Sneakers Mc S,
      There are so many different lives we can choose to live on this planet. I opt for the one that isn’t incredibly boring and repetitive and choose to live a life where humans are connecting on a level that unites us and increases love and joy all around. This is happiness!

  3. Anna… you are one crazy amazing person, and together your crazy husband i`m sure you will paint all the world.
    People like you can never stop.. never
    you are giving color, life and smile for everybody.

    Thank you soo much for everything you have done.

    like they say here


  4. Thank you Pedro,
    Working with you on the Calendar really motivated me to change directions in my business in a lot of ways. Thank you for helping me find my super amazing husband, and for helping spread the paint and the love around the world with your photography and volunteer work!
    We can do it!

  5. Hi Anna,

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift with people. One person can make a difference! Keep on spreading joy with your amazing talent and wonderful personality. See you at Living Canvas…yay!

    Joyfully Yours,

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