This amazing program serves pregnant and parenting young adults, women and men, who want to graduate high school. There are currently ten students, which, because of the highly individualized attention, is the program maximum.
The students have clear goals for my time with them, which they would like to culminate in an art show. The content they have selected (a huge mural, 8'x8', planned and painted collaboratively and realistically) is both challenging and ambitious, and so we spent the first two weeks together getting to know each other and directing our focus to a single, powerful word of their choosing. The goal of this exercise was to select a word that would sustain them throughout the ten weeks, and hopefully beyond.
|The list they brainstormed|
Too lofty? In between their studies and painting, these students are already making herbal teas and shushing babies. I have no doubts.
Our project itself was an exercise in being patient with oneself. We made string art.
|They chose colors and textures that their word represented to them.|
|Tap tap tap|
|Hammering in the first nails|
|Beginning the string|
|Couple attending the program together|
|The names of their children|
|More LOVE. There can never, ever, be too much.|