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Creative Deed 365: July Offerings

July 31, 2015

July was a busy month for Creative Deed 365!  :)

Earlier this month, Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis took place during this year’s AATA Conference in Minneapolis, which was a delight to follow via participants who shared this activity on social media.  There were some inspiring discoveries left and found during these 5 days!  Thank you to everyone who participated, both deeders and finders- so much fun!

Creative Deed 365: July Offerings | creativity in motionCreative Deed 365: July Offerings | creativity in motionI also discovered another local find on Instagram this month of a creative deed I left last week:

Creative Deed 365: July Offerings | creativity in motion

Below are all of July’s offerings that I made and distributed throughout the month…. I am still making progress with my Creative Deed 365 mailing list, where I am sending out creative deeds through the postal system too- some of July’s offerings went out today!

Instagram continues to be a popular place to share: over 700 creative deed related photos have been posted so far-!  Check them all out here with the #creativedeed365 hashtag.

Wow….definitely past the half way point now— August creative deeding awaits!

Purposeful Parenting & Creativity

July 5, 2015

Purposeful Parenting & Creativity | creativity in motion

July recognizes Purposeful Parenting Month, which highlights the significant relational value of parents and children having resilient and meaningful connections with one another. Purposeful Parenting embraces understanding, unconditional love, and empathy with the consistency of structure, safety, and healthy boundaries. To parent with purpose is to be an active contributor in sustaining rapport, connection, and intention with your child or teen.

One of the group offerings I facilitate is an art therapy group for moms living in a shelter with their children as they work on transitioning out of homelessness. This art therapy group is part of the shelter’s trauma informed parenting support program as an opportunity to receive nurturing assistance during this challenging time to strengthen coping, self-care, and explore empowering ways to sustain an affirming relationship in their child’s lives. The power of art and the creative process offers a safe place to address these topics.  Over the years that I’ve been involved with this program, I’ve met moms of amazing strength and resilience, not only committed to creating healthier relationships and attachments with their children, but often working on their own trauma recovery.

For children who have experienced trauma and loss in their young lives, having adult attachments that engage with purpose and compassion can be a key component to their healing. Perry & Szalavitz (2006) speak to how a child’s relationship with the adults in their lives has an essential component to how they react to trauma. They also note that if a child is surrounded and nurtured by caregivers who are safe, comforting, dependable, and present; this can help protect youth from the adverse effects of trauma, as well as strengthen their ability to recover.

“Recognizing the power of relationships and relational cues is essential to effective therapeutic work, and indeed, to effective parenting, caregiving, teaching, and just about any other human endeavor.” (p. 67, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog).

Ohio’s American Academy of Pediatrics identities six components to purposeful parenting for parents and caregivers to keep in mind. Being Protective, Personal, Progressive, Positive, Playful, and Purposeful in our relationships decreases the impact of chronic stress exposure and ultimately supports a child’s fullest potential and well-being.

The foundation of purposeful parenting and fostering relational enrichment inspired me to reflect on some fun and creative activities for families (and adult helpers involved in children’s lives) to engage in together that encourage affirming experiences and supportive interaction. Creative experiences can be an enjoyable way to foster connection, develop interpersonal ties, and positive memories:
  • Painting with Bubbles or Shaving Cream: These sensory-based twists on painting can encourage play and experimentation between child and parent using simple, inexpensive materials. Levine & Kline (2008) cite that activities involving art expression such as painting and drawing are great bonding opportunities for parents to engage in alongside their children.
  • Sidewalk Chalk: Grab a bucket or box of sidewalk chalk, head outside and take a break to chalk it up together—at home, a local park, or playground! Suggested ideas to support collective participation in this activity include drawing where the child and parent can add to one another’s images, marks, or doodles. If you are up for making your own sidewalk chalk, here’s how. Families can also play these classic sidewalk chalk games.
  • Nature Walk & Scavenger Hunt: Parents, young children, and teens can benefit from unplugging and taking time to enjoy the outdoors, fresh air and reconnect! Take a walk in nature, go biking or hiking together. Create a scavenger hunt of different nature items that the family can look for and find as a group or in pairs.
  • Homemade Play Dough and Goop: Spend a morning or afternoon making a batch of play dough together, or for older kids goop recipes can be equally as inviting and fun. You can even make scented play dough, which can add an additional sensory component to this experience.
  • Visit an Art Museum, Art Festival, or Creative Community Event: Check out your local art museum or art event as a family outing. Many museums have family related programming or guides that can help enhance your experience!  Here in Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gallery One offers a hands on, interactive family-friendly art space called Studio Play.  And it’s free!

No matter what the month or season, there is true power in the relationships we nurture for the children and teens we care for, either as parents, caregivers, or helpers. It’s important to keep enriching these healthy attachments by cultivating safe experiences and moments of meaning all year round.

Recommended Reading:

Levine, P.A., & Kline, M. (2008). Trauma-proofing your kids: A parent’s guide to instilling confidence, joy, and resilience. Berkeley : North Atlantic Books.

Perry, B.D., & Szalavitz, M. (2006). The boy who was raised as a dog. New York: Basic Books.

Resources:

Introduction to Purposeful Parenting (PDF) | Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The Benefits of Purposeful Parenting | Office of Adolescent Health

The Artful Parent

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Creative Deed 365: June Offerings

June 30, 2015

Wow- Here’s month 6 (!!) of this year’s 365 project!

Creative Deed 365: June Offerings | creativity in motion

I’ve kept playing around with textured backgrounds using gel pens, acrylic paint, & stamp ink for a big chunk of this month’s creative deeds….. Fun! I also decided to stay with the half sized index card format for the majority of June’s offerings.

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I’ve also been making a creative stockpile from this month’s creative deeds for next week’s Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis where I’ll be leaving them out and about on my way to and during this year’s national art therapy conference.

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This month’s video featuring Days 153-181:

Bring on July! :)

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Creative Covenants Inspiration

June 12, 2015
Creative Covenants Inspiration | creativity in motion

Creative Covenants @ Spectrum 2015

Earlier last month, Hali Karla Arts’ holistic online creative circle Spectrum opened to much excitement and anticipation! I’ve so enjoyed seeing all the creativity, inspiration, and encouragement being shared within this community.

In this post I want to share a peek into some of the Creative Covenants that have been made by Spectrum participants (and who kindly gave me permission (thank you!) to share their art with you!).   Each time a new collection of Creative Covenants graces the Spectrum community space, it’s exciting to take in what has been created- in form, colors, symbol, intention, and the promises being made to ones creative self.

It’s also a delightful surprise to see the different ways everyone’s Creative Covenants take shape, the materials being used and how each set has its own artful personality, creative energy, and enthusiasm:

Creative Covenants Inspiration | creativity in motion

Celeste’s Creative Covenants

Celeste transformed her Creative Covenants into these round beauties! (left image are the fronts & right image features the backs)

Creative Covenants Inspiration | creativity in motion

Laurie’s Creative Covenants

Laurie included her heart shaped Creative Covenants in her art journal!

Creative Covenants Inspiration | creativity in motion

Carol’s Promises to Her Creative Self

Carol has been working on a series of different Creative Covenants on cards and tags that honor her permissions and celebrations!

Creative Covenant Inspiration | creativity in motion

Eleni’s Process & Creative Covenants

Fun to see Eleni’s Creative Covenant process from start to finish!

Britt-Marie's Creative Covenants

Britt-Marie’s Creative Covenants

A beautiful collection of Creative Covenants created by Britt-Marie!

Witnessing these Creative Covenants and many others come to life through art expression is a sacred reminder of the power of intention & its important value in our creative life.   What a courageous, soulful adventure this has already been… Thank you Hali for bringing everyone together through Spectrum’s art filled invitations!

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Creative Deed 365: May Offerings

May 31, 2015
Creative Deed 365" May Offerings | creativity in motion

Day 152 :: Artful Intention

It’s Day 152 of this year’s 365 Project!  As I reflect on this past month’s creative deed activity, I think about how each piece of art is created with hopeful possibility for its finder or new home.

Below are the offerings made throughout May:

 

With the nicer weather, I’ve been leaving many more creative deeds outdoors- often in random spaces along a street. Sometimes propped on a storefront window, stuck in between planks on a wooden fence, or left behind in a flower bed. I also continue to use my creative deed mailing list to send out more through the postal mail.

As always, it’s super fun and inspiring to see what other creative deeds are being made and released into the world through the Creative Deed 365 Group on Facebook!  I am grateful for these daily affirming, artful intentions that pop up on my news feed and to see the support & enthusiasm of community members helping and encouraging one another.

I also invite you to take a look at these posts from this past month:

Random Acts of Creative Kindness

May They Keep on Coming! #creativedeed365

With Daisy Yellow’s Index Card a Day Challenge (ICAD) beginning tomorrow for the next 61 days, I am excited to participate again this year, this time incorporating creative deed making as a nice twist.

Daisy Yellow's ICAD 2015

During ICAD, I’ll be working with 3×5 index cards to give away and let go into the world.  If you are new to the concept of ICAD created by Artist Tammy Garcia, the intention is focused on “the doing”, not on “the keeping” and having a commitment to create art everyday.  I definitely recommend you check this annual summer challenge out– It is so much fun!  :)   Look for an update on June’s efforts & offerings next month!

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Summertime Creative Happenings & Goings On

May 26, 2015

Summer is starting to kick off and so is some creative fun and art therapy happenings coming soon:

Creativity In Motion | twenty15 on the go

July 1: 6 Degrees of Creativity’s 2015 virtual workshops open!  Yay!

Imagination Unearthed: Hidden Creativity Scavenger Hunt | creativity in motion

6 Degrees of Creativity

As part of this year’s offerings, I am excited to launch a new workshop dedicated to discovering the hidden creativity around us.  My curiosity around this topic was first sparked by this recent post and something I thought would be a fun endeavor to embark on together as we search for uncommon or unknown ways, forms, and different examples of how creativity can present itself.  I am also looking forward to the offerings that art therapy colleagues Sheila Lorenzo, Rachel Mims, and Heather Randazzo will be inviting participants to engage in as well, which include workshop topics on self-care through art & nature, recycled art & mail art fun, and yoga & art.

Summertime Happenings and Goings On | creativity in motion

Social Media & Art Therapy

July 9-11- American Art Therapy Association Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota: I will be involved with three offerings during this year’s AATA Conference:

  • The Digital Landscape of Social Media: Thursday, July 9, 1:30-2:30 pm: I will be leading this focus group to stimulate dialogue and discussion about social networking’s important role in building community
    and creating connection for art therapists worldwide.
  • Art, Transformation, and Trauma: Papermaking as Art Therapy: Friday, July 10, 10:15-11:45 am: I will be moderating this panel featuring the work of  art therapists who use papermaking inspired by the social action and art-based mission of the Peace Paper Project. Panelists include Meredith McMakin, Rachel Mims, Amy Bucciarelli, Genevieve Camp, and Janice Havlena. Content will include papermaking as a form of trauma intervention, including vignettes addressing eating disorder recovery, managing illness and disability, grief and loss, and working with veterans.
  • Ethics of Identity in Digital Culture & Art Therapy: Saturday, July 11, 10:15-11:45 am: I will be contributing to this panel with art therapists Megan Campbell, Moriah Lancaster-Laird, and Natalie Carlton about topics connected to digital technologies and ethical considerations for the art therapy profession.

I am also looking forward to bringing Creative Deed 365 to Minneapolis and invite you to consider joining us if you will be attending the conference!

July 24- ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County Trauma Collaborative: I’ve been invited to present on Art Therapy & Trauma Intervention to members and agencies who attend this quarterly meeting.

Stay tuned for other updates and art from Creative Deed 365 and the Random Acts of Art Adventure, in upcoming summer posts as these creative pursuits carry on!  And I hope to be able to share some of the wonderful work in the spirit of my Creative Covenants workshop happening over at Hali Karla Arts’ Spectrum too. And, right around the corner….Daisy Yellow’s ICAD 2015 begins June 1 – Wondering if I should combine my creative deed making with daily index card creating for this fun annual event? Hmmm…. more on this in my next post!

Summertime creativity is definitely in the air!

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6 Degrees of Creativity 2015 Workshop Reveal!

May 2, 2015

Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC:

Excited to be organizing another round of 6 Degrees of Creativity workshops! Get ready for a new wave of creative goodness!

Originally posted on 6 Degrees of Creativity:

6 Degrees of Creativity Workshops | Registration Now Open!6 Degrees of Creativity’s online workshop offerings unite concepts of social networking, connecting, collaboration, art making, and creativity into a community of artists exploring transformation and creative goodness. It is a self guided (which means you can go at your own pace!) 6 month virtual experience running from July – December 2015 that includes a collection of inspiring offerings, designed by a group of instructors from the art therapy community.

The basic foundation of 6 Degrees of Creativity empowers the idea that we are all closely connected in some way and believe in the potential to make a difference through the power of art and creativity in our own lives, relationships, communities, and world. 6 Degrees of Creativity instructors, who are all active and engaged in their own art-making practice, will offer creative expression to explore and empower these themes.

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Creative Deed 365: April Offerings

April 30, 2015

It’s day 120 of creative deeding for this year’s 365 project!

Creative Deed 365: April Offerings | creativity in motion

Here are a handful of my fav’s from this month, followed by a quick video of days 91-120:

Creative Deed 365: April Offerings | creativity in motion

Creative Deed 365: April Offerings | creativity in motion

Creative Deed 365: April Offerings | creativity in motion

Creative Deed 365: April Offerings | creativity in motion

This month I started to use playing cards, as well as handmade paper for the foundation of my daily cards in combination with acrylic & puffy (fabric) paint, distressed ink, magazine photo collage, gel pens, and more. Drop off locations have included post offices, galleries, community bulletin boards, park benches, restrooms, and the usual favorite places of coffee shops, local stores, and wherever I’m inspired to leave one behind on my daily path.

There’s also been lots of activity in the Creative Deed 365 Group on FB, where it’s always awesome to see what other artists are doing everyday with their creative deed making through their thoughtful messages & images.

Check out this time lapse video that Debi shared this month featuring her creative deed making in action:

Also check out these artful posts inspired by Creative Deed making:

It’s Raining Deeds!! #creativedeed365 | Symbolic Projections

Generosity & Creative Deed 365 | Hannah Klaus Hunter Arts

It’s wonderful to see how this creative project keeps going and reaching others through the art that is being made! So much love, kindness, and encouragement creatively packed into a small, powerful space. Let’s deed on my creative friends! :)

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What’s Your Art Story?

April 26, 2015

What's Your Art Story?  | creativity in motion

This semester’s Art Therapy Studio class I’m teaching again for Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling Program is quickly winding down. Our time together over the last few months has been another series of artful Saturday morning gatherings!  It’s a pleasure seeing students take time to create their own art and strengthen the important role of personal creative practice as artists and soon to be art therapists.

One of the requirements of the class, even before I started teaching the course has included students telling their “Art Story” through the media of digital storytelling (DST). This assignment provides students an opportunity to use (and learn!) digital video making and create a creative piece of work reflective of their identity as an artist.

According to Lasica, (2006) “Digital storytelling is a craft that uses the tools of digital technology to tell stories about our lives…. and can be a powerful, evocative, and emotional way of communicating themes and stories, often touching us in deeper ways than one-dimensional videos…”

 The final videos and stories that students reveal in class are always delightful, inspiring, and grateful to view. Here are a couple of videos (shared with permission!- thank you!) created by students in this semester’s course about their journey as an artist:

Mary:

Kristie:

Want to tell your Art Story?  Using tips from this TechSoup tutorial, I recommend these steps and considerations to help guide students in the process of putting their stories together:

  • Step 1: What is your Art Story?  I encourage students to brainstorm ideas about the story they want to tell about their journey as an artist, which will include showcasing their art work through the years.
  • Step 2: Collect materials to help tell your story– This can include images relevant to the art story you want to tell that is inspired by memories, creative milestones, keepsakes, and meaningful items, objects, and photographs. Art expressions and work can span from childhood, undergraduate, graduate, and also include historical pieces and periods of art or travels that have influenced this journey.
  • Step 3: Draft your narrative/script for voice over– Start working on what the voice narrative of the story will be in association with the images and visual content chosen.  The story should have a beginning, middle, and an end.  It is normal to be anxious about adding and hearing ones voice as part of the story, but it is important to have confidence in the words you speak.  The inclusion of ones voice I believe is an important element to telling and claiming the story as your own in an authentic and natural tone.  Reading your script to a friend or classmate for feedback can also be helpful.
  • Step 4: Prepare equipment– You’ll need access to a computer, laptop, or tablet that you can use movie making applications, such as iMovie (for Macs) or a program such as Windows Movie Maker Live (for PCs).  Basic movie making programs are often already installed on many computers or can be easily downloaded for free.  Newer computers often have a built in mic that you’ll need for the voiceover.  Other equipment that will  come in handy includes a scanner and a camera to capture your art in digital form.
  • Step 5: Try storyboard planning – The TechSoup tutorial recommends creating a storyboard with index cards to plan out what happens in your story and in what order.  Using index cards makes it easy to move the sequencing of content around as you work on matching the visual material you’ll be using with your voice over script.
  • Step 6: Digitize material & media– This often involves scanning or digitally photographing art and images you will be using in your story, as well as cropping and sizing them appropriately.  If you have art photographed on slides, some scanners have special attachments for converting them into digital form or your local photo developing store often can help.
  • Step 7: Record your voice over– Find a quiet and interruption free space to record the voice narrative of your story in natural, conversational voice that is clear and easy to hear.
  • Step 8: Add music– The addition of music will often inspire the emotional feel and rhythm of your story. Music that is without vocals and instrumental in nature works well.  I recommend that students explore the site Free Play Music to find a genre or type of music that fits for their story.
  • Step 9: Edit, Add transitions & effects – For this assignment, students have the challenge of making sure their digistory is between 1 1/2 – 3 minutes, which I think is a good size.  During this step, all the content (visuals, voiceover, music) start to come together in the movie making program. It’s also a good time to start adding transitions and effects between frames, as well as titles or text overlays.
  • Step 10: Share – It’s time to produce!  Saving or exporting your movie project into a video form (often a m4v, mp4, or wlmv, wmv) will make it easy to share with others on video sites such as YouTube or Vimeo.  Often raw movie files are very large and difficult to send through e-mail, but can be saved on USBs or dropboxes for easy archiving.

Some other resources:

What’s your Art Story? Where would it begin and what would you include to tell your story?

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Social Media & Creative Motivation

April 9, 2015

Social Media & Creative Motivation | creativity in motion

This week I stumbled upon this 2012 Brainzooming post, 61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create.  Mike Brown’s content inspired me to take stock on my own relationship with social media, creative motivation, and to reflect more about leveraging online and social media resources for inspiration, connection, community, and more.

How does social media inspire/motivate my creativity and interests to create/make things/do creative stuff in my daily life, relationships, work, and play? 

Here are my Top Takeaways from Brown’s amazing list that I really resonate with and how each one has encouraged my own creative practice:

  • #1, #2, #19, #22, #38- Finding Connection, Community, & Support– This probably is my top reason I enjoy social media… Social media has the power to bring artists (and art therapy of course!) together, create connection, decrease isolation, etc…..on so many levels.
  • #35- Learning Artistic Skills– Whether it’s a how-to video tutorial on YouTube, a new art technique to try out from Pinterest, or engaging in an online art workshop, there are soooo many social media tools & resources to build your creative skills as a beginner or seasoned artist!
  • #41, #43Exploring Creative Environments and Adapting your Environment to Better Foster Creativity– Online projects such as The Altered Page’s Living with Art, Spaces & Places: Where We Create, and even this blog post I recently contributed for the National Institute for Loss in Children, all explore and provide new ideas and a peek into the creative intersection of our life/studio/work surroundings for inspiration, daily practice, or self-care.
  • #6, #7- Engaging in Online Exchanges & Creative Adventures– One of the many things I enjoy about the online world is being able to engage in art exchanges and creative experiences that originate through social media.  It’s amazing fun whether it is a mail art endeavor or working virtually together on a common project.
  • #9, #20 #21- Following Creative People– I find Twitter a dynamic place to easily follow people, trending topics, organizations, and news about all things creative that I enjoy, whether this be the visual arts, film, writing, crafting, technology, art therapy, and more. Twitter has connected and introduced me to some amazingly creative individuals and projects!
  • #26, #60, #61- Learning New Tools to Express Creativity– Social media and technology online is constantly evolving with new apps and creative tools to use. Over the years (and now!) I’ve enjoyed experimenting with and using free programs such as Wordle, Tagxedo, Kooleido, Animoto, Polyvore, and so many more to create, share, and play with. Recently I enjoyed trying out the online program ArtPad, a virtual canvas painting program with a small group of art therapists I virtually meet up with to try out different computer based ideas. I enjoyed thinking about the creative possibilities inspired by the application’s features to not only make art, but invite others to participate too!
  • #17- Sharing Creative Work Online– While Facebook is definitely an active social media site to share art and artsy happenings online with friends, family, & colleagues, I really enjoy how Instagram has become a wonderful online source to follow artist work, activity, and captures.  Whether it is a work in progress, final piece, snapshot of someone’s work space, studio, or tools of the trade- it is a visual delight to simply see (without all the Facebook distractions) when I tap into my newsfeed there.
  • #7, #15- Enjoying Global Creative Experiences with Others– It’s awesome to bring people together from all over the world to work on or be a part of a common creative project or initiative through social media.  I love this and the creative friends I’ve made around the globe through our love of art, making stuff, and encouraging our artsy selves!
  • #5- Allowing Yourself to be Pointed to Creative Places Online Based on Others’ Social Media Links– Yes! Take in and enjoy Artful Link Love!

There are also some ideas from Brown’s list that I would like to try or do more of:

  • #45- Organize a “Creativity Orientated” Music List to Listen To— I often listen to a variety of Pandora stations or Spotify when creating, but it would be neat to organize a playlist dedicated to “creating time”.
  • #46, #52- Share Examples of Overlooked Creativity in Your World (and being more open to wonder, play)–  There’s always room to play and wonder more– on and off line!   I also think taking a mindful look at how creativity surfaces around you in different ways would be an interesting adventure and discovery to embark on!

What about you….How do you use or would like to use social media to motivate your creativity?

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