Painting + Teaching in Kijabe, Kenya

For the past several months, after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in November, Kira Milligan has been living and working at her high school alma mater, Rift Valley Academy (RVA), in Kijabe, Kenya. RVA is an international boarding school, providing education to children of missionaries to the African continent. This brings students of many different backgrounds together, giving students and staff members alike a cross-cultural learning experience and environment. Milligan has been helping to teach in several art classes with varying age groups, as well as giving extra help sessions to students in French classes. 

7th grade students work with watercolors in an introductory art class. 

7th grade students work with watercolors in an introductory art class. 

In addition, Milligan simultaneously works on independent projects and a commission painting for the school's newly renovated coffee shop. Using RVA's art facilities as a studio (below), with the scenic Rift Valley as a backdrop, Milligan paints a favorite local restaurant with a wistful approach. Returning to live and work in Washington D.C. at the end of February, Milligan stays busy- giving back to RVA, and learning from students and staff members alike.