We love to incorporate art into our every day lives at all times of the year, but the holidays present a special time that calls us to be thoughtful, to be intentional, and to focus on meaningful activities in our life - all of which creating art encourages.
So, we're focusing on sharing ways we celebrate with art and the ways that you can also celebrate the holidays with art this year - both with us and on your own at home with the fam.
One way you can start off the holiday season as it approaches is creating Favorite Holiday Memory Artwork. This is a great activity for the whole family to do together and a great way to set intentions for the upcoming season, OR can be used as just a fun art prompt for the kids to get them into the holiday spirit.
The prompt: create a work of art the displays your Favorite Holiday Memory. This can be favorite OF ALL TIME, or if you do this more years in a row, you can pick the last year's memories to choose from.
Why do it: This activity requires each participant to reflect on all the many holiday memories you've had, and you may be surprised by who chooses which memory to focus on. For instance: one of my favorite holiday memories is when our power went out one Christmas Eve and we cooked our Christmas dinner over the kerosene heater and opened presents by flashlight - completely not planned and definitely chaotic, but we had a blast being in the "adventure" together.
Once everyone is done with their piece of artwork, take turns presenting the memory you chose to memorialize - why it was the one chosen, and why you made the artistic choices you did in the work. You can then discuss how to make time to recreate those favorite memories this year - if one art work depicted making holiday cookies with grandma, or reading on the floor next to the Christmas tree, make specific plans to do those activities again.
You can even make a specific album of "Favorite Holiday Memories" with your new works of art and add to them each year for a creative way to keep track of your family's favorite times.
We'll be posting more about how you can celebrate with art at home. For now, check out how we're celebrating in the studio.