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In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program
In this activity, youth use music and art to explore their souls. Introduce it with words like these:
A writer named Krista Tippett has said, "In many ways, religion comes from the same place in us that art comes from." Some people would say art comes from the soul. Other people might use a different word. They would say religion and art come from our centers, our cores, our deepest spirits, instead of our souls. But most would agree that both come from somewhere deep inside us. You may think of your deepest inner self as your soul, your center, your spirit—whatever you like. And I hope you will reach deep inside as you listen to music and let your art out onto a community mural.
Invite the youth to sit comfortably and listen to music you have chosen. Tell them they may, when they feel moved to, go to the mural paper and express themselves by drawing or making marks in a section of the mural paper. They can draw something realistic if that is what they feel like doing, or they can make abstract lines and figures—whatever their deepest, inner self wants to do. Ask them to work, without speaking, in their own section of the mural paper as the music continues.
Once all the youth have begun working in a section of the mural paper, ask them to step back and see if their deepest, inner self might like to move out of their section and connect to other places. Suggest they expand their art, out to the art of the next person and maybe the art of the next person beyond that. Tell them it is fine if everybody's art connects.
Give them a few minutes. Then, stop the music and ask everyone to stop drawing. Invite them to step back, without speaking, and look at the group's creation.
Ask participants to quietly put the art supplies away and resume their seats. Ask questions like these:
Post the mural paper where all youth, including any with limited mobility, can draw on it.
A youth with limited sight can work creatively in their own space in a textured medium such as acrylic paint or wax crayon. Engage others to connect to the youth's work space, also using textured media and explaining what they are drawing as they do it.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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