Transitions

Wow, it’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is coming right up, and soon we will be in the full swing summer season of programming, and of course all the other good stuff that comes with summer. It’s been a great Winter/Spring program session. Lots of returning faces, some new faces too. We’ve been exploring themes of home, emotion, connections, and community, among others. This past season of programming has also had some challenging events going on in our youth’s neighborhoods and in the world. Fires in Lewiston, the Boston bombing tragedy, a fire in Bath near one of our program neighborhoods. There’s been some good events too – Spring, for one…, graduations, youth art shows and events to name a few.

With the change of the season of weather, and programming too, it reminds me of the challenges and growth periods that are present in times of transition. Changes can be really hard, sometimes welcome, sometimes not. How we handle change  can really affect our ability to be able to move forward without taking too many steps back. It can be helpful to have a strategy in place, or a list of resources that help us when we’re feeling swept away. Maybe you might consider making an art project that explores what things or places or thoughts you can go to when you’re in transition, or your child or teen is in transition – ways to come back to center and balance to help you or others feel more grounded, and even more safe.

Here’s one art idea you can do at home:

materials:

magazines, scissors, glue, a piece of cardboard, markers, small stones or figurines (any little movable object works)

to make:

Think of some activities or self care methods you use when you’re feeling low – for example – take a bath, read a book, sketch, go for a walk, take a nap, yoga, play with the dog, etc. Now look for images or words in the magazines that might describe those activities, cut them out. If you don’t find something that fits, you can draw it instead. Next, on a piece of cardboard, use a marker to makes a grid (however many boxes you want it to have is the right amount – do try for at least three). Paste or draw the activities in each of the boxes (one per box). Now, when you’re in a time of transition – find the image/activity that you think can help you feel a little better. Move your object to that box and then do that activity.

Keep this around and use it whenever you need.

Hope this helps! And cheers to a new season!

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