Location: St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN
Dates: March 2023
Length: 5 weekly sessions for 2 hours
Age Range: 4-65 years old
Number of Participants: 5-10
Mediums: Watercolor painting, drawing, ceramics, installation art
Collaborator: Meditation teacher Matthew Streit
Introduce meditative and healing art-making methods to participants
Connect with emotions in a new way
Build an experimental art installation for the community to enjoy
Week 1: Watercolor – Paint your emotions
Week 2: Helping Hands – Trace your hand on a piece of paper, fill it with patterns and words of reassurance. What would you tell your best friend if they were having a bad day?
Week 3: Ceramics – Create a pinch pot and observe how our hands interact with clay
Week 4: Ceramics and acrylic paint – What colors bring you joy? Use them on your ceramic pot!
Week 5: Labyrinth installation – Quietly and calmly enjoy the labyrinth and reflect on your month. What will you leave here? What will you take with you?
I hosted weekly art classes exploring curiosity, mindfulness, and observation to build a community labyrinth at the end of the month. Art activities were intergenerational and encouraged slowing down in a fast-paced world. Meanwhile Matthew Streit taught various methods of meditation, including walking meditation.