ARTRAGEOUS RESIDENCY

WORKSHOP

Artreach-Students-on-Stage.jpg

FOSTERING CREATIVITY

ARTS FOR HEALING PROGRAM
 

SIZE LIMIT: 10 – 20

LENGTH: APPROX 45 mins – 1 hr

AGES: MIDDLE SCHOOL 12 – 14, HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, ADULT

GOALS: AN INTRODUCTION TO USING ARTS AS A TOOL TO UNDERSTAND ONESELF AND LOOK TOWARDS A FUTURE GOAL.

PREREQUISITES: NONE. NO FORMAL TRAINING IS NECESSARY.

WHAT TO BRING: AN OPEN MIND AND A SENSE OF FUN!

 

PRESENTER TO PROVIDE: 

 
WHAT TO EXPECT:
 
INTRODUCTION 
  1. Learn about colour and how it affects you. (hand out)
  2. Learn about how the arts affect your brain. 
  3. Learn about positive affirmations and making them physical. Including a verbal, physical and visual cue for your affirmation amplifies the power of your affirmation.(hand out)
  4. Create 2 projects with the goal of understanding oneself and look forward to future positive goals.
 
ACTIVITIES
Activity 1 – Create past, present and future mandala’s
Activity 2 – Create either an Affirmation Art piece OR Create a Beautify from Ashes Art piece.
 
SHARING
Have an opportunity to share your art work with the other members of the group. 
 
QUESTION AND ANSWERS 
An open format for any questions and answers.
 
TOOLS
Tools to continue your arts healing journey at home with a 21 day Art Challenge.
 
- Hand Out Sheet 1 -
  • Colour, Symbols & Numbers
  • Mandala making and Intuitive Art
 
Below is a list of colours and symbols and meanings that you might find in them while working with creating mandalas or intuitive art. You are the only person who can truly know what it means to you, so open to your inner voice and hear what it has to say.
COLORS:
Colors have a huge effect on your energy. Ever notice when you are wearing red you feel more energy or more “fiery”?  That’s because each color has a specific vibration and each vibration can respond to your body’s energy and what it needs.
  • WHITE - purity, spirituality, light, moonlight, cleanliness, innocence, new life, beginnings, creativity, clarity, heightened sensitivity to spiritual enlightenment, winter, peace.

  • RED - associated with life, passion, power, love, strength. It can mean raw energy, fire of emotion, protection, transformation, love and fertility. 

  • BLUE - calmness, serenity, peace, sky above and sea below. Peace, calm, stability, harmony. Associated with cleansing, nourishing, cooling, nurturing and mothering, awakening of intuition, attainment of wisdom.

  • YELLOW - sun, joy, warmth, courage, wisdom, seeing clearly, energy, riches and wealth. Solar plexus, storehouse of energy.

  • GREEN - nature, growth, rebirth, spring, potential, wealth, heart, beauty, faith, harmony, healing, renewal. Heart center, expressing love in action, opening heart and soul to love and harmony.

  • ORANGE - energy, harvest, autumn leaves, warmth, balanced energy, power, abundance. Creative center, personal power and manifestation.

  • PURPLE - wisdom, enlightenment, royalty, seeing yourself as the True Self, personal dedication to sacredness or spirituality, imagination, “purple passion”, related to feelings, dreams and visions.The mind’s eye, seeing The Light or Divinity in all things.

  • TURQUOISE - a color used when healing is necessary, rebuilding, maternal, helps with recovering from loss, self-reliance, independence, helps to recharge ones spirit, water, emotional balance and emotional healing.

  • PINK - the blending of the power of red energy with the softening of white of enlightenment, wisdom. Romance, tenderness, acceptance. The color of compassion, love, beauty, kindness. A color that can assist in  healing grief and sadness. Heart center.

  • BROWN - stability, grounding, reliability, comfort, endurance, simplicity, order, practicality, organic, a call to connect with the Earth, the woods, trees, nature.

  • BLACK - a grounding color, a color of creating boundaries and maintaining power and energy, use to absorb and transform anything that does not serve you anymore, sexuality, formality, mystery, depth.

 
ANIMAL SYMBOLS:
In some cultures animals are considered spirit messengers and each animal has different symbolism and meaning. They often represent a deeper aspect of ourselves. If you are connecting with animal medicine in your meditations consider the animals characteristics and what message they might have for you.

  • BIRDS - symbolizes the element- air, a symbol for the intellect and an idea of transformation. Messengers of news, peace. They can represent courage and strength and freedom, seeing the bigger picture. If a specific bird comes to you, search for its specific meaning.

  • BUTTERFLY - transformation, dramatic shift, darkness into light, the ability to know or change the mind.

  • DRAGONFLY- change, open to new things, wisdom,good luck, peace, harmony, prosperity. Can represent that there is something big unfolding in your personal journey.

  • FISH - abundance, faith, flow of life, fertility, good luck, transformation. They are a symbol of intuition and sensitivity. Adaptable.

  • WOLF – Symbolizes a never ending journey, a pathfinder and creator. Sharing knowledge.

  • HORSE – Possess healing powers, swift energy, strength, enlightenment. Overcoming obstacles. Freedom. Reminder to do self-care.

  • SNAKE – Medicine, health, transformation, shedding of old skin.

  • FROG – Fertility, birth, maternal. Ability to dwell in physical and spiritual realms.

  • COYOTE – Magical, trickster, humor, foolishness. Adaptable. A reminder to laugh at yourself.

NATURE SYMBOLS:
  • FLOWERS - symbol of spring, love, life beauty, new growth, hope. Different types of flowers have different meanings so if a particular flower is paying you a visit look for its particular meaning. You can also pay attention to the color of the flower and the number of petals. Spirals- movement, life force symbol, moving into manifestation or consciousness, being in tune with cosmic, universal energy. Also associated with healing and the chakras.

  • STARS - self-worth, accomplishment, divine guidance, purity, good luck, coming into being. Possibly a turning point in one’s life.

  • TREES - symbol of life, renewal, abundance, being rooted or grounded, in touch with nature. Can represent physical and spiritual nourishment. Ancient wisdom. 

  • RAINBOWS - our connection to divine energy, a bridge. Peace and serenity. Seeing the beauty and awe. Unity and equality.

NUMBERS:
Every number has a certain power that connects universal principles. Numbers have connections with things in nature and can be used as a guide to reveal certain influences in our lives. We’ll look at 1-9.

1- The start. New beginnings. Taking action. Unity. Positive and pure energy.  The Sun.

2- partnership, kindness, balance, duality. Opportunity to unite with like minds and like ideals.

3- Magic, intuition. harmony, wisdom, understanding. Evokes pure joy of creativity. Can represent Past, Present and Future.

4- stability, order, grounded. Solidity, Calmness and home. Consider – 4 Elements, 4 Directions, 4 Seasons. Balance.

5- Travel, adventure, motion. Instability and unpredictability. 

6- Harmony, beauty, balance, sincerity, love. Can symbolize perfection and ask us to choose forgiveness as a path in a situation.

7- Magical forces. Scholarly activities in the magical realms. Activation of imagination. Can represent impractical dreaming. 

8- Business, success, wealth, prosperity, harmony in all areas of life, abundance, power, fulfillment. Continuity, repetition.

9- completion and fulfillment, attainment, satisfaction, completion. Represents a cycle coming to an end. Accomplishments.

 
- Hand Out Sheet 2 -
 
 
The Power of Affirmations 
What are affirmations? 
Affirmations are cultivated sentences spoken directly to your conscious and subconscious minds to update certain patterns and beliefs in your life. 
 
The 8 P’s of Effective Affirmations: 
 
  1. Possible: Go all in on believing that your affirmation is possible.  

  2. Power: Your affirmation must be within the power of your control. Affirmations are what we are telling our own brains to take action on. 

  3. Present: State and write your affirmation in present time as if it is happening now. “I am in perfect health”

  4. Personal: Use “I” statements to keep your affirmations focused on yourself, not things outside of yourself. 

  5. Positive: Keep your affirmation in the positive and focus on the things that you are trying to attain as opposed to things you want to get rid of.

  6. Passion: Feel it and believe it. Make it palpable. Adding the emotional trigger allows the brain to rewire to accept the affirmation as truth.

  7. Pursue: Repeat your affirmation consistently.

  8. Post: Write your affirmation down in a place you can see it everyday. Don’t just walk by it but stop for a minute and reflect on it and repeat it.

 
Where will you put your affirmations? 
When will you look at them? 
 
Write your affirmations below: 
 
 
KICK YOUR AFFIRMATIONS UP A NOTCH BY ADDING A PHYSICAL MOVEMENT WHENEVER YOU SAY THEM!
Add a movement that reflects your statement. “I radiate confidence!” Stand with your fists on your hips like Wonder Woman and tilt your chin to the sky.
 
21 Day Art Challenge – Make sure you post your Art on the Artrageous Show Arts Community Page on Facebook to get your Art Featured at an Artrageous show. 21 days will allow you to train your brain to be in the present moment and create new patterns for yourself.
 
What you will need:
Coloured Pencils, Markers etc., Blank Journal 
 
Challenge:
Commit to each day for 21 days to set an intention to create art in your Journal. 

It doesn’t matter what you create. Here are some ideas:

  1. Open your Journal and take 3 deep breaths. Clear your mind and just see what images you see in your mind’s eye. Open your eyes and put them down on paper.

  2. At the end of the day create a Gratitude Clover. Each leaf of the clover gets an image and/or words of something you were grateful for each day. Try to make them different each day.  

  3. Make a healing mandala.

  4. Doodle.