In 2006 I completed my pre-school teacher training majoring in music and theatre. During my
studies, I lived for 1.5 years in Barcelona, Spain, where I studied at university, did an internship
and wrote my bachelor thesis. I studied, among other things, visual art at university, and was
allowed to do some exercises with my fellow students from the book ‘To Draw Is To See’ by
Betty Edwards. This caused quite an enthusiastic response from my fellow students as university
is generally quite theoretical. Once in a while, we were allowed to take turns standing on a table
and be life models for each other – with clothes on though!

During my first internship at Skt. Pedersstræde after school club, I established a painting
workshop for the 6 to 7 years old. Here, I improvised tunes on the piano, which the children
painted to; I taught the children about complementary colors and we had an animal theme,
where we visited the zoo garden and painted animals. The workshop culminated in an art
exhibition. It was a joy to see how, especially a quiet girl had livened up during the painting
process. She had found a way of expressing herself that she was good at. It was very touching
to see how happy she was when her family came and saw her paintings at the exhibition. Such
experiences are worth gold, they touch my heart and I am deeply grateful to be able to pass
something positive on to children.

I have worked in a youth club 2 x 4 hours a week, where I was hired to dance with a group
of 10-13 years old girls. This was an incredible good experience; their openness and bubbly
creativity was wonderful. Creating a cross-over of different art forms proved a success. I made
exercises where the girls had to move as different colors, and it was fun to see how the color
brown consistently inspired particular body movements! Another exercise focused on different
emotions; how does the body move when you are happy, angry, sad, secretive, in love etc. I
believe it is important to recognize what is behind language, and body language is a powerful
way of understanding our meeting with other people. For example, she asks if I want to play,
but turns her back on me. She looks sad but says nothing is wrong etc. Every day, people say
something and do something else. I believe it is important to give children tools to make them
more conscious of their own and other people’s signals. This can contribute to improving
relations between people.