In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity is a freestyle way to experience making a shared project through individual efforts.
While the paper is still whole, ask each participant to make one large broad, sweeping line, curve or other mark that touches most or all sections of the paper. Once everyone has had a turn, ask someone in the group to cut the paper along the fold lines (or if all the participants are very young, do this for them).
Give each participant a panel. You may allow them to choose, but assure them they need not feel disappointed if the one they want is taken since they each will change the piece anyway.
Invite participants to decorate or complete the drawing on their panel in any way they wish. Tell them how much time they have and that, when they are done, you will put the panels back together.
After everyone is done, ask the groups to look on the back of their sheets. Have volunteers help you lay the panels on the floor or work table — artwork side down — and tape the panels together.
Allow the group to react to their own creations and the murals of other groups.
Discuss how the murals look. Are they fun? Are they interesting? Very often a group's mural will hang together very well. Is anyone surprised that the beginning, random marks could inspire somewhat coordinated ideas for the panels? Ask what this experience might suggest about how our individual life and work fit into a community's efforts.
This activity is vision-dependent, but can be made more inclusive if you provide a textured medium, such as oil pastels, for the initial whole-mural marks and for any participant with vision limitations to use.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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