~ draw! on paper BIG and small. Any kind of paper will work. Try a 3-D drawing: cover a cardboard box with drawings and symbols! pro-tip: cover the box with paper (white or colored) then draw, or paint the box with acrylic paints or gesso, let it dry, then draw. Use all kinds of drawing tools: pencils, pens, and feathers and sticks dipped into ink or diluted tempera paint. Also: create a personal sketch book (all 3rd - 5th graders have made these with me before).
~ paint!: watercolors set up on top of newspaper on the kitchen table make less mess...Also, try setting up big sheets of cardboard or paper outside taped up on a vertical surface and encourage BIG painting!
~ clay!: mush, gush, pound out frustrations! Your finished clay can air dry outside in the sun and then be painted with acrylic paint.
~ hammer!!: securely clamp a 2 x 4 or thick wood to a table and find a hammer that fits your hand and use nails with a large head. Also, try pounding nails into an old wooden stump!
~ sewing and weaving are very soothing activities as well. Now might be a good time to start a quilt...holding a quilt in your lap is very comforting.
~ take a "trash walk" around your yard, or around the block, and set up your own rules: find and pick up 7 things, or 13 things, from Nature, or anything you find, including "trash” (please do not pick up any glass or anything dangerous!) Take these treasures home and make a collage by taping or gluing (white glue recommended) them onto a big colorful piece of paper.
~ now that the rain has washed our sidewalks and streets clean, go outside and create some street art to inspire your neighbors! create colorful drawings, start a ribbon of colors along the curb, or write out a message of hope and inspiration that all can enjoy as they walk through our neighborhood!
I hope you enjoy having the time to make some art. Take good care, be well and have fun!
—Molly Blauvelt, BHCA President