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Creative Mindfulness With Art

The sessions are designed for people of all ages to participate and are guided by an Art Therapist. A new project will be offered every week. Topics covered will focus on self-awareness, support systems, gratitude, and reframing negative thoughts.

NOTE: If no participants join the call/class within 15 minutes after the start time, the call/class will end.

To assist you in the virtual sessions, you can print a template that relates to each week’s project here. Just click on the link below to view or print. 

The classes will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

2/24 and 2/25: Woven Thoughts
Supplies needed: colored pencils, markers, or crayons two sheets of paper 8.5 x 11 inches - one plain and one pattered (or you add colors and patterns with markers or pencils) 
Description: In this session we will be visually and literally exploring how our thoughts are interwoven with the world around us and how looking at them from a different perspective can help us see the beauty in the everyday.

3/3 and 3/4: Gratitude Explosion
Supplies needed: paper, pen for writing, markers or pencils, template 
Description: Research has shown that showing gratitude for things in our lives improves our overall wellbeing. During this session we will focus on the simple, everyday experiences that make our life enjoyable.

3/10 and 3/11: Emotions in a Bottle
Supplies needed: paper, pen for writing, markers or pencils, template 
Description: If you could illustrate your emotions, what would they look like? Using the template, label the jars with your emotions and “fill” them with that emotion. Imagine that you can put some emotions away for a while and pull out other emotions that you need more of right now. You choose

3/17 and 3/18: Emotional Impressions
Supplies needed: paper, paint, plastic wrap, more paper
Description: How many prints can you create from your abstract painting before you need to reapply paint. How many times can you take away from your own reservoirs of emotion before can you need to replenish? 

3/24 and 3/25: Watercolor Resist- CANCELLED

3/31 and 4/1: Affirmations Jar
Supplies needed: a clean empty jar with lid, paper, affirmations sheet (optional), pens, markers, stickers… any decorating tools you like
Description: we all need a positive ‘pick me up’ now and then - with this session we will create our own affirmations to uplift our spirts and put them in a jar for safe keeping until we need them again. 

4/7 and 4/8: Holding Safely
Supplies needed: template of hands, markers or pencils, optional: printed images, magazine images (Template 1, Template 2, Template 3)
Description: What are the important things in your life that you hold safely?

4/14 and 4/15: Silver Linings
Supplies needed: template (optional), paper, pen for writing, markers or pencils, template
Description: sometimes we need to reframe those dark clouds and figure out, what are the silver linings? We can’t always make them go away but we can choose to see the silver linings. 

4/21 and 4/22: Watercolor Resist
Supplies needed: paper, oil pastels or crayons, flat objects with texture, watercolor paint
Description: We will create rubbing textures on our paper and layer them with colors - then, we will use the watercolor paint to add more color and more layers. While working, imagine all the layers and textures in your life and how they coexist and compliment each other.

4/28 and 4/29: Next Best Step
Supplies needed: paper, pens, pencils, or markers
Description: Sometimes we have so many things going on it’s difficult to decide what to do next.. Let’s take one challenge and focus on the next best step. 

5/5 and 5/6: Watercolor Painting to Music
Supplies needed: paper, paint and brush
Description: We will create an abstract painting while listening to music and focus on being present and relaxing

5/12 and 5/13: Personal Compass
Supplies needed: paper, pens, pencils, or paint
Description: We will create a personal compass illustrating the directions we choose for the things that are important to us.

5/19 and 5/20: Abstract Art Association

Supplies needed: paper, pen for writing, markers or pencils
Description: do you ever think about what is going on in your subconscious? What is our brain trying to tell us… In this session, we will examine and describe an abstract image, then create a new image through a process of analyzing our own words. 

5/26 and 5/27: Positive Memories
Supplies needed: paper, pen, pencils, or markers
Description: We will take a few minutes to reflect on and describe a happy memory from this past year. Then, we will illustrate the memory to help reinforce the positive feedback.

6/2 and 6/3: Levels of Abstraction
Supplies needed: template, paper, markers, pencils, or paint, template
Description: Sometimes in order to focus, we need to remove the distracting details. In this session we will reduce an image to it’s abstract shapes. 

6/9 and 6/10: A Bridge to Joy
Supplies needed: paper, markers, pencils, or paint
Description: We will illustrate our idea of joy and create a bridge to get there. 

6/16 and 6/17: Ripples of water
Supplies needed: paper, watercolor paint, pen, marker, or pencil
Description: Today we will create a peaceful and relaxing image resembling ripples of water as a reminder to focus on our self-care.  

6/23 and 6/24: Beautiful Frustration
Supplies needed: paper, markers
Description: We will turn our frustration into something beautiful while letting go of what we cannot control. 

The materials you should have ready for the classes are:

  • Paper- which may include any of the following: printer paper, drawing paper, old mail envelopes, paper bags, wrapping paper, etc.
  • Pencil
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue / glue stick
  • Magazine (to cut up for collage)
  • Pages from an old book (I can provide text to be printed at home for found poetry project)

All of the projects will be completed using items you probably already have on hand. We do not expect you to make large purchases for supplies. The Art Therapist will be able to assist you with modifications to the project with the materials you have.

*Classes are sponsored by Henry Ford C.A.R.E. Program and iCare4U ERG

Contact: C.A.R.E. Program


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