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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.

1/6 and 1/7: Vision Board: Your Best Self
Supplies needed: magazine images, colored pencils, markers, or crayons, glue stick or liquid glue, a base paper to apply images
Description: In this session we will be visually representing our goals for the new year. Regardless of the past, this is your opportunity to dream big and illustrate all the goals you want to see happen in your life. This is a fun and beautiful way to represent our best self. 

1/13 and 1/14: Found Poetry 
Supplies needed: 3 different templates (Poetry A, Poetry B, Poetry C) of printed text, pencil, markers or pens
Description: In this session we will create a new poem or statement using a page torn from an old book (or printed from the available examples). 

1/20 and 1/21: Grow your strengths
Supplies needed: paper, pen for writing, markers or pencils 
Template available
Description: We will be focusing on our own personal strengths and how we can encourage ourselves with love and self-compassion. We all have personal traits that we love and some that we might want to change. This exercise helps guide you through a process of self-awareness. 

1/27 and 1/28: Personal Landscape
Supplies needed: Template, markers or pencils
Description: We will create a personal landscape made up of our own past, present, and future. 
Our experiences make us our story - we know the past, and we are in the present, and we have goals for the future -  all make up the same landscape but each is its own thing - how can you choose your present and future?

2/3 and 2/4: Emotional Color Wheel
Supplies needed: Template, colored pencils or crayons
Description: We will be thinking about how colors are personal to us and how they make us feel. 

2/10 and 2/11: Origami Puffy Hearts 
Supplies needed: paper, scissors, pen or pencil
Description: We will create origami puffy hearts that contain words and illustrations that represent self-love and compassion.

2/17 and 2/18: Mandala
Supplies needed: Template, pencil, colored pencils or markers
Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle and often represents the universe. We will be creating a mandala using guidelines for a relaxing process resulting in a beautiful finished image

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
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 complement each other. 

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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