Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Heeding the Call: A Program on Justicemaking for Junior High School Youth

Alternate Activity 2: Justice Art

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Music player
  • A CD of calming instrumental music
  • One sheet of tracing paper per participant
  • Pencils
  • Handout 2, Justice Art
  • Hard surfaces, such as clipboards, for drawing on tracing paper

Preparation for Activity

  • Prepare Handout 2, Justice Art, as a two-sided document.

Description of Activity

Youth explore the connection between forgiveness and the inherent worth and dignity of every person (first Principle).

Invite youth to find a comfortable space in the room and give everyone one sheet of tracing paper, one pencil, one clipboard or cardboard, and one copy of Handout 2, Justice Art. Ask them not to read the handout until the music begins playing. Explain that one side of handout offers details about the life of the artist. After reading about the artist, participants trace one part of the piece of art-any part of their choosing-with the pencil and tracing paper and then create a new piece of art by adding their own sketches around what they just traced.

Invite participants to appreciate the art for a few moments before the music begins. After a few moments, play the music and invite them to read about the artist before tracing the art. After every youth has started tracing, remind them that their artist drew these same lines without actually being able to take a walk through their neighborhood for inspiration. Invite them to allow a moment of gratitude as they trace for walks through their neighborhood to see butterflies and flowers.

After every youth has began sketching a new piece of art, invite them to think about what their artist statement would be for what they are drawing and invite them to write an artist statement somewhere on their tracing paper once they are finished drawing. How does what they discovered about the artist of the original artwork influence their sketch? Influence their idea of what art is and what it can do? Gather youth in a circle for a discussion:

  • How does the artwork of Charles Lawson influence your ideas about forgiveness?
  • About the connection between forgiveness and the inherent worth and dignity of every person?

Invite youth to share their artist statements if they choose.