April 2023 – JDC

Lisa Brunick and Joan Zych facilitated sessions in April at Minnehaha County Juvenile Detention Center. The curriculum used in the two sessions below is from START Up! Therapy Works.

 

Collage Vision Boards

The youth selected various magazine images to glue onto a sheet of paper. They paid attention to which images spoke to them and why, and noticed how and why they chose to overlap certain images with others. The processing element of the session included considering how the images bring forward hopes and wishes for their future. Here are the creations and responses from two of the youth.

How did you feel while creating this piece of art?

“Like I realized what I need to do for myself in this next chapter.”

What do you see when you look at your art?

“A new way of seeing.”

What does your finished art make you feel?

“Like I need to change for the better.”

Does your art give you ideas or goals for your future? In what ways?

“Yes, I just need to burn some bridges and change.”

 

How did you feel while creating this piece of art?

“I felt a connection with my art because all of those phrases meant something in some type of way.”

What does your finished art make you feel?

“Happy and proud that I made art with magazine scraps.”

Does your art give you ideas or goals for your future? In what ways?

“Yes, because it says something about how I can be something in the future.”

Creating Mandalas

The meditative work of creating a mandala design allows the artist to become increasingly focused on centering and balancing not only their images but also their minds. Repeating symmetrical designs in this way allows for a sensory experience that becomes very soothing.

Quotes from the artists about their own work:
 “Now THERE I am!” (after 2 previous rejected attempts)

“I don’t know what it is, but I liked doing it.”

“I liked balancing my own designs.”
No comment from the artist, but he was observed to be very silent and focused while working.
“I’ve never made a mandala before, but it’s relaxing.”

Kari Palmer