In his book, Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer shares a story of a scary encounter while rock climbing. While Parker was climbing and frozen with fear, the leader of the hike shouted up to Parker “If you can’t get out of it, get into it!”.
I think of this quote often when I am faced with a situation I would rather avoid, but my heart tells me to lean into it instead. It now hits close to home, pun intended, because currently, the entire world is challenged to GET INTO IT. There is no choice but to stay home and sit with your mental chatter all day.
So, how are you getting into it?
How are you entertaining your mental chatter?
How are you entertaining your ideas?
How are you choosing to use your time?
If you would like inspiration for how to use your time and space for creativity, there is so much we have access to on the internet.
What I have made for you is a care package for spending time, mostly OFF of the internet and connecting with your inner self as well as others. View the list below for ideas of how you can utilize the arts to maintain your mental and emotional health. Many of the ideas below are grounded in CONNECTION and invite you to lean into discovering more about your personal identity as well as the identity of others.
- Interpreting Emotions: View this Interpreting Emotions for a detailed activity on how to recognize and name your emotions and how you might choose to express them in visual form.
- Illuminated Letters: Discover what makes you YOU. View this Illuminated Manuscripts.pptx to learn more about Illuminated Letters and how to use social identifiers as a lens to understand your inner self. Create an Illuminated Letter that expresses the parts of your identity that are most important to you. You may also interview someone in your house to learn more about their values and create an Illuminated Letter that illustrates their identity.
- Portraiture: Ask someone in your household if they would sit for you and allow you to draw their portrait. Ask them to decide how they wish to be seen. Might they sit or stand? How might they choose to show their personality with their facial expression? Might they hold something that is special to them? What might be in the background? What colors should be included to express their personality? Consider these questions to help honor the unique human that they are!
- Write A Song: What is something you feel passionate about? What are you curious about? What worries you? What do you love so so much that you are grateful for? Consider these questions, zoom in on one and write down everything tiny thought that enters your mind. Then make a song about it!
- Make a Tiny Art Show: I first discovered artist and teacher, McKay Lanker Bayer, on Instagram. In short @tinyartshow installs tiny art shows in unexpected places. Imagine that you are shrunk down to be a tiny person, and an art gallery is part of your universe. What might you create? Do you have tiny figures who will visit? If so, what type of art show might they enjoy seeing? Create a tiny art show, with tiny papers and tiny frames and tiny figures somewhere in your house. Be prepared to get down real low to the ground and create an artistic universe through the perspective of fairy or hamster. If you decide to photograph them, make sure your device is placed down real low to capture the perspective of your tiny guests.
- Rainbow Yoga: Discover the intersection of mind and body. Engage in RAINBOW YOGA with Adriene. This video is for humans of all ages and will help you deepen your awareness of the interconnectedness of body mind and spirit.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!
New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. This link brings you to Mo’s You Tube Playlist of Lunch Doodles.
- Visit my YouTube channel for weekly videos of art activities that you can engage in at home.
Do you have ideas of how we can spend our time off line and making? If so, please share them in the comment section below!
Let’s make the most out of this uncertain Journey!