As I've written just about every time...I love the process the Art Therapy group and Cynthia and Joyce go through with their artists each week. This is about promoting creativity, art and capturing what's in each artist's "mind's eye".
It's a wonderful program and a big thanks to Cynthia, Joyce and their Artist's Circle for sharing their creativity each week.
Joyce and I invited our 7 artists, Vivian, Anita, America, Vange, Lino, Louis and Bill, to focus thoughts and creativity on beauty.
OUR INTENTION: Inspired by the beauty of nature that surrounds us and the beauty that is within us all. We will all take a few moments to pause and really look at and see objects from nature and create our own unique vision of that beauty. Our intent is to connect beauty that exists in the outside world to the beauty that exists in our hearts, minds and spirits.
At the center of our workshops is an invitation to our artists to tap into their creativity in a kind and gentle manner using shapes, lines and colors, stories, music, gentle movements and/or sounds that are meaningful. We seek to create without criticism or judgment, make stronger bonds of connection through community and oh, so importantly, to have fun.
We began with a song—“A Kiss to Build a Dream On”. Originally written and performed during the 1930s but made well known in the 50s by Louis Armstrong and then again in the 90s and today in movies and on television. Alas, Bill commented at the end of our singing that we really didn’t sound very much like Mr. Armstrong.
Then, it was on to gentle movements. We invited our group to create, one by one, a gentle movement that reflected something in nature that was beautiful: a palm tree in the breeze as Vivian showed us or a sun setting over the bay or a cloud-filled sky with rain falling down on us. The gentle movement could also be of something beautiful we have done or continue to do: waving to a friend or as Bill chose, the gestures of kneading dough to make bread that he then passed along in our circle.
Now we were ready to connect to the beauty in nature through found objects. Joyce and I asked our artists to choose, for its beauty, either a shell, a leaf or a feather. Time slowed down for each of us to really look at, touch and describe our chosen object from nature. What color was this shell? What shape was that leaf? How did this object feel in the palm of our hands?
An abstract or realistic representation of our selected object’s beauty, using shapes, lines and colors with pencil and then acrylic paints, filled the remaining time we had together.
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.