Well-being through creative activity

Week 14: Getting Surreal, aborigonal art, the birds and positive little boxes.

Another very creative week at S2C. Things will be getting more creative next week with the start of our new group, Creative Writing. The group will be led by the fabulous Ann The Poet (Ann Wilson). Starts 7th April (Monday) 1-45 to 3-45 at the Gateway Centre in Kendal. Then the first block of seven sessions continues on April 14th, 28th. May 12th, 26th. June 2nd, 16th.
2Create, Tuesday 1st April

In 2Create we looked at surrealism. We discussed how surreal art often used familiar things warped or distorted in unusual ways. We began to look at a simple way to start creating a surrealist image. We selected random photos from magazines… and arranged them together or apart. We then used a variety of media to link them together to create a surrealist image. This worked quite well and we ended up with some very surrealist scenes. Some tried to create a surreal image from scratch.
In today’s session on the ward, our creativity was influenced by Aboriginal art. One of the session leaders had just come back from a trip to Australia, and she had brought with her many images and pictures of wonderful Aboriginal designs. …We looked at the way these patterns were made up, often using quite simple designs. We looked at the repetition of the patterns and aimed to try to recreate our own using a limited palette and with different media: paints, pastel, pens and pencil crayons. The session proved to be very therapeutic and relaxing, and at the end we discussed why we all felt the same way. We decided it was possibly the simplistic nature of the designs, the repetition, and not having to feel any pressure to create a picture that ‘looked like’ something. A very successful session.
In today’s session a participant suggested the theme, which was brilliant. We used polystyrene eggs to form a base to felt wool on to, to make colourful eggs and birds. This proved a very satisfying technique, and after this, one participan…t created an entirely needle-felted robin. Another participant worked on their ‘cartoon-style’ art, a skill they are really developing well. As always by the end of the session, there had been many unique and inspired items created.
In WellArt this week one of our volunteers took the plunge and led their first creative session for Space2Create. Dana began by asking everyone to write down positive words about themselves and Space2Create. She then had us making little bo…xes to hold our words. She had prepared individual goody bags each with a mixed range of media and items to use. When the boxes were decorated we also started making cards to go along with it. Dana’s idea was that when a person felt low, they could look at their box and the words inside to feel more positive. A great session, well done Dana.

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