Long, hot, sunny days are here. Pool and beach days, cookouts and vacays a plenty! Be sure to make time for self-reflection and meaningful self-care.
Here's 5 prompts to engage you in creating art or writing:
1. There are tons of things that stimulate the senses during the summer months.
Stop and notice what you hear, see, smell, feel, and taste. What do you sense around you? What thoughts arise? What feelings arise? What memories arise? What new memories are you in the process of creating? If you are creating art, this is a great prompt to guide you into a still life drawing or watercolor painting about your surroundings. Become a spectator of your environment, become mindful of the here and now. Make a record of this moment in time.
2. Find the sun and your shadow.
Trace your shadow (it could be just a part of your body). On the inside of the shadow, write the words that describe the parts of you that you avoid or don't know well. On the outside of the shadow (the background) write words to describe your light . . . the parts of you that make you unique and special, the things about you that make you feel proud and confident. You can draw images or symbols instead of writing.
3. At the beach?
Create a mandala in the sand! I invite you to do this with a friend or family member. Start by drawing a large circle in the sand. Divide the circle into sections. In each section, create a design with things you find on the beach (i.e. shells, rocks, seaweed, water, trash). After you complete the mandala, give it a title and write it in the sand. You just created some public art!
4. There's plenty of sun, so why not use it to make some art!
Sun Print Tutorial 1
Sun Print Tutorial 2
Sun Print (cyanotype) Tutorial (detailed info)
5. Here's a fun color scavenger hunt to do with kids outside.
Color Scavenger Hunt Tutorial