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March 7, 2006

creata: holding memories in clay

by gl. at 7:37 pm

this is the third in a series of posts about workshops sponsored by CREATA during Creative Arts Therapy week. session date mar06.

this presenter projected a casually intense presence (if you can grock the contradiction), both warm and strong, and she walked us through a couple of exercises using crayola model magic.

we began with a small white ball and integrated chunks of red, blue & yellow to it -- and then we were asked to remove the chunks, but of course you can't, not anymore than you can remove the trauma that's occured to someone. so then we made an object that represented someone or something we had lost. initially i began with an odd creature roboamn might have made, but ended up with a mobius strip that resembled something brian gave me once, which eventually became a ball like a tangled knot.

model magic is weird and kinda cool: it's squishy like foam and pulls apart like a marshmallow circus peanut. you can blend colors and it moves & sticks well. its biggest fault is that it smells a little funny, though mine mostly smelled like bbq after lunch. ;) and even just handling the texture makes my teeth itch. you're supposed to be able to paint it when it dries, but mine's still a little soft over a day later.

(random: an interesting distinction between mourning and grieving: mourning is visible, grief is internal.)

posted by gl. | March 7, 2006 7:37 PM | categories: classes & workshops