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    Inner voices Mosaic

    Materials:CardboardMulticolored papermarkersacrylic paintmod podge/gluepaintbrushes Started out by having everyone paint a “canvas” – choosing a piece of cardboard and painting it with acrylics paints. Then we asked everyone to take a variety of small 3 x 5 (ish) pieces of paper in different colors, and we asked them these questions: We asked each individually, and asked them to write their answers on a different colored paper for each question. After that, we asked everyone to tear up those pieces of paper, and glue them onto the piece of cardboard to make a mosaic. Themes that came up included: processing from whence these “voices” came – who we learned what from,…

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    “journeys” sand tray

    This week the theme was on our “journey.” We started out by reading the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver to set the mood for our group. Poetry By Mary OliverThe Journey One day you finally knewwhat you had to do, and began,though the voices around youkept shoutingtheir bad advice–though the whole housebegan to trembleand you felt the old tugat your ankles.“Mend my life!”each voice cried.But you didn’t stop.You knew what you had to do,though the wind priedwith its stiff fingersat the very foundations,though their melancholywas terrible.It was already lateenough, and a wild night,and the road full of fallenbranches and stones.But little by little,as you left their voices behind,the stars…

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    Resilience Artist Trading Cards

    This week’s focus was on the qualities of resilience that each individual has gathered/learned over the course of their life. We talk frequently about getting “gifts wrapped in shit” in the Creative Expressions group – that perhaps the circumstances were not ideal, however many of the characteristics we learned from them are essential to our survival and thriving. Materials: Standard size deck of playing cards (approximately 3-6 cards per person), mod-podge/glue, acrylic paint, magazines to cut up and collage, tissue paper, scissors, paintbrushes, paper, markers What we did:We started out by taking one piece of paper and dividing it into 4 sections: “young child, teenager, young adult, now” Then creating…

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    “Reflections” and self research

    Self-Research Day Materials Used: “Reflections” poem by Henry Bobotek Large paper Painters tape markers First we read the poem “Reflections” which is a poem based on the author’s “preferences” (some lines include “I prefer tea I prefer myself when I listen, I prefer paperbacks”) During the 2nd reading, we asked the group to write 10 of their own preferences on the paper The point of this was to get everyone to start thinking about what they like, what makes them them – without too much discussion Then we hung up a large piece of paper for each person on the wall around the room, and did a rough outline of…

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    Valentines Love Poems to Yourself

    This week’s Creative Expression post – great for Valentine Day: Writing a Love Poem to yourself using Found Words Materials we used: typed and printed words – from the love poems you are going to read. Have them cut up and in a tub/hat/bag. mod-podge cardboard scissors paint brushes (for the glue) pens paper Here’s what we did: 1. Read outloud “Love poem for Ernest Mann” by Naomi Shihab Nye 2. Read a few love poems from the Magnetic Poetry book 3. Asked each participant to think of 3 people, animals, or places they love 4. Write down three things that describe each of those 3 people/place/animal (so 9 characteristics…

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