Bell Halstad joined us for today’s incubator meeting. Bell came to us with blank pieces of paper, oil pastel crayons, and an inspiring attitude to share.
At first many participants were hesitant to draw, expressing that they lacked any artistic talent. However, the group was always incredibly encouraging—always quick to comment on the works in progress of others and reassuring them that it was coming along wonderfully. This was really one of the highlights of the session, as it was amazing to see the effect that a few positive words could have in empowering some of our participants to step out of their comfort zone and ultimately create beautiful drawings!
Although the participants met the task with some initial uneasiness, before we knew it everyone seemed to have become engrossed in the process. As I looked around the room I saw what once were blank pieces of paper transformed into scenes of nature, beautiful patterns and colors, and lively shapes and lines. What was once a daunting task turned out to be a relaxing, fun activity! There was no pressure to meet any expectations; we just let our state of mind at the time take the drawing wherever it did. It was this element that made the activity so calming!
We all got the chance to see what everyone else came up with during the sharing part of the workshop. It was incredible to see the variety in the processes each person went through in creating their drawing. Marcy ended up representing the four seasons by drawing particular objects or experiences characteristic of her life during that season. For example, her children play sports in the spring, so she drew a child running on a field full of spring flowers. Hwei-Ling created “a composite of all the beautiful things in my day-to-day living” as she was inspired by how satisfying it is to experience a beautiful spectrum of colors. We could all feel the motion in her drawing.
Gregory’s journey through the workshop was the most interesting because he insisted that he was really more of a writer than a drawer from the start. However, Greg created a lovely piece filled with all sorts of lines and shapes. We may have tapped into a previously unknown talent in Greg. He incorporated his passion for writing and left us with a rhyming poem that made us all laugh: “Today is a good day I must say. I sat in class with some mates. I should have been on time but I was late, sorry, forgive me classmates!”
By: Daniella Colombo