Even though Alla Israelyan is only in the seventh grade, she could already be considered the youngest full-fledged artist in Nerqin Karmiraghbyur, a village near the town of Berd. Alla has been drawing since the second grade, but when she began attending FAR’s art classes, she discovered her innate talent and love for painting. “My family didn’t have means for paints, but I find it much closer to my nature to be painting with paints.”
Now, Alla spends every minute of her free time with colors. “I love natural colors in the fall. I’m always amazed by the beautiful landscapes in my dear village and the surrounding areas. I try to express my love for nature through very bright colors.”
The budding painter experiments with her newfound color sensitivity in art classes organized with FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program in the Tavush region of Armenia. Children within FAR’s BCPP also have the opportunity to receive a religious education in Sunday schools, which are organized by FAR’s dear friend Rev. Fr. Aram Mirzoyan.
More than 320 children have the opportunity to attend art and other classes twice a week. Thanks to FAR’s regional office in Berd, the children have the opportunity to display their artwork during several exhibitions throughout the year.