Creative sessions involve many therapeutic activities. They encourage positive development of the mind and emotional intelligence, as well stimulate learning and questioning, kicking our analytical brain into action while our creativity is flourishing and our imagination is expanding. Creativity can open our hearts to the world around us and the people in it.
These one hour workshops were a 4-part series that took place weekly.
Many questions were raised that led to interesting research, which was then woven into our workshops. The children started seeing hearts in nature and connecting the heart to blood, colour and shape:
A bendy exercise of exploration and engineering, awareness of the body and its movement as adults and children alike wove themselves through the obstacle course without touching the string. The warms ups had us tunnelling under chairs and crossing "mountains". We built on the work started on the previous weeks, full of discussion, creativity and an-overflow of ideas.
The art forms and textures were varied; there was always time for breath and relaxation, time for dance and movement, time for imagination, questioning and reflection, the children gifted their parents a flower and they examined the softness together, they shared out strawberries and learned that the fruit is not only good for your blood but the juice reminds us of blood, the fruit looks like the heart and the heart pumps the blood. Everyone worked together and listened intently to imaginative, therapeutic visualisations, acting out the parts along the way.
In the end everyone was asking for more. We had discovered much about ourselves, each other, art, learning, expression, the heart and the body. The group bonded, child to parent bonded and parents even had time for a micro-meditation allowing them to be present for the rest of the day.
Nancy Sposato's practice aims to set up creative play environments that stimulate both children and adults alike with a focus on the details of collaboration.
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Alithia Learning runs a range of child-led programs designed for 5 to 12 year-olds. The defining characteristics of our programs are positive communication and freedom to learn.
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