Activity time: 30 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Several different sets of art supplies for "creativity stations" (see Preparation)
- Tables (see Preparation)
- Newspaper, plastic tablecloths, or other means of covering the tables
- Optional: Microphone (preferably cordless)
Preparation for Activity
- Arrange the room-or arrange for a room-with several tables on which to create creativity stations. Cover the tables with newspapers or plastic tablecloths.
- Gather together the supplies for the creativity stations. Possibilities include a watercolor station, a collage station, a finger paint station, a glitter station, a clay station, and more. Choose papers and supplies that correspond with the stations you choose to create. The religious education program might have some art supplies to share (be sure to obtain permission); otherwise, a quick trip to a local arts and crafts store should do the trick.
- Set up the creativity stations on the room's tables, leaving enough room for participants to sit at the tables and create.
Description of Activity
This activity can be led independently, or you may wish to combine it with Activity 4 to create a 50-minute art experience. If you choose to combine the two activities, have the creativity stations set up in advance of the meditation so that participants can go directly to the station of their choice when the meditation concludes.
Invite participants to explore the creativity stations. Encourage them to let go of judgment and ideas about outcomes and to just let themselves create for the sake of creating. Let participants know that it is fine to move between stations as they create.
Approximately ten minutes before the activity concludes, invite participants to regather for discussion and sharing. Ask:
- How was that process for you?
- Was it easy to focus on process rather than outcome?
- Would anyone like to talk a little bit about your creative process?
- What can be spiritual in this process?
Including All Participants
Some participants might find it difficult to move between stations. Offer assistance to those who need it-either assistance with movement or assistance with carrying supplies to participants.
Some participants might be shy about letting others see their work. This is fine; do not force sharing.
You may wish to pass a cordless microphone when participants comment on their experiences so that they can hear one another better.