In "Heeding the Call," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth participate in a coloring activity that will help them get closer to understanding an aspect of the lives of differently-abled individuals.
Say, in your own words:
Hearing stories about people's experiences is one way to increase our understanding of the world. There are other ways, too. One other way is to try to experience the world the way other people do. In this activity, I'm going to ask you to experience life as an artist. Here are a couple of the paintings done by artists. (Pass around Leader Resource 1, Mouth and Foot Paintings.) You may ask what these lovely paintings have to do with social justice? They were painted by people who are differently-abled. These artists belong to a group called the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists or mfpa. None of these paintings were done by hand. Tony Nguyen and Onix Flores painted these pictures by holding a brush in either their mouth or their foot. Does that sound hard? Let's see how hard it is.
Guide participants to the art supplies. Let youth know that they will be creating their own piece of art and encourage them to focus not on the end product, but on how it feels to use their bodies differently. Introduce the Beethoven music and ask youth if they know what is special about this composition. (Beethoven composed this toward the end of his life when he was completely deaf.) Ask youth to tape a blank sheet of paper to the wall directly in front of their face. Then choose a crayon and use their mouth to draw a picture of whatever they like. They might try to replicate one of the mfpa paintings. Remind them that the quality of the drawing is not the focus. Allow five minutes for drawing and then have the youth gather in the circle for a discussion with these questions:
For youth with mobility issues, invite them (and anyone) to draw with their toes.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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