On Friday i facilitated a Teen’s Art Journal Jam – about 8 teens started out Jamming with my friend and Teen Coach Susi.
While chatting with the teens i worked on some art journal stickers i plan on printing and using in my journal pages. One of the young teens – a boy gave me suggestions on the facial expressions. He’s a big fan of comics so he had some great ideas.
The kids were great! I think they had fun. The setting – the Portal in Ladner used to be a Dentist’s office so the rooms are tiny. We had to split up into two groups – we could hear each other through the walls which was pretty comical. Thankfully my friend Susi dropped by to help out so she went in one room and i went in another.
Something magical happens when you begin to draw with others. Everyone opens up and shares personal stories. We spoke about bullying, comics, Comic-con and not being able to draw certain things. There are many teachable moments when you are expressing yourself creatively in a group. One of the young tweens (11 years old) said she could not draw faces. As i looked through her sketchbook i could see all of her “girls” were faceless. So i mentioned that there is a trick to drawing faces and that not to worry about the eyes being perfect. I did a quick sketch of how to divide up a face and then sketch it out.
The next thing you know the girl had carefully and slowly drawn a beautiful face! She was so pleased with herself. I’ll bet if i looked in her journal today i would see that her drawing has shifted slightly.
Many thanks to Vivienne and the Portal for Hosting the Teens Art Journal Jam!
I’m off to practise a Speech for Toastmaster’s tonight – it sure would be nice to not freak out every time I have to deliver a speech .
Love, Violette xo