Stuck at Home (together)
It’s the Perfect Time to Spark Your Creativity
Being creative is more than a fun activity, it’s an active way to keep your body and brain healthy. In a paper published by the journal, The Arts in Psychotherapy, researchers found that doing basic artistic activity actually increased blood flow to the brain’s reward center. Other research has shown that when people are actively engaged in a craft or art-making, breathing becomes more regular, people’s heart rate and blood pressure decrease, and that the stress hormone, cortisol, is reduced.
Challenge yourself to incorporate a creative activity into your Stuck at Home (together) routine. Although you can do this solo, we encourage you to try scheduling friends, family, or colleagues to participate with you via FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or similar!
Creative Cooking for Comfort: #Quarantreats
You’re home. You’re hungry. You’re limiting your trips to the grocery store. What is your go-to comfort snack? Take a photo, post a recipe, or record yourself making the snack and post it on social media using the hashtags #quarantreats and #stuckathometogether. Share the reason why the snack provides you with comfort!
If you can, assemble the people you live with or invite a group of friends, colleagues, or family virtually to do the activity together. Otherwise, feel free to do this exercise alone.
- Collect enough paper and markers/pencils/pens so that everyone has different drawing implements to choose from.
- Each person should think of a topic or subject related to our social distancing experience. It could be concrete ideas, such as home or family; or could be a more abstract idea such as safety, community, recovery, or hope.
- One person picks a word from their list and shares it with the group.
- Everyone then responds to the word by drawing for 5 mins. It’s important for people to continue to draw, embellish, add new ideas for the whole time.
- Once the time is up, people can take turns sharing their drawings.
- Keep drawing until everyone has had a chance to share a word with the group. Do people have a favorite drawing?
- Select one or two drawings to share below, making sure you share the ‘word’ that inspired the drawing as a caption.
An Objectified Self-Portrait
An assemblage is a sculpture made from a combination of materials including found objects or non-traditional art materials. Create a sculptural portrait of your stuck-at-home self using any meaningful objects you have in your home.
- First take a quiet moment to reflect how you would like to present your stuck-at-home self: How have you changed? What are the qualities that seem to be more present than usual?
- Then, look around for objects that speak to those qualities, or that have taken on a new importance in your new reality and ‘sculpt’ or arrange them together.
- If you want, use an old shoe box to use as a ‘frame’ or container for your assemblage.
- Now take a picture of it and share below. Do you see yourself in it?
- Add a caption to describe what it is you see.
Creativity Challenges: Live!
Our upcoming Creative Socials will be focused on one of the Challenges featured here. We’ll be looking and discussing art and then will dive into a creative expression activity together.
Artist Aaron Meshon Thursday, May 14, 5pm EDT
Give Us a Jingle
Tell us how you did with your Creativity Challenge! Call our Stuck at Home (together) community voicemail:
Note: See the resources section if you have a situation requiring help or support. This line is not staffed to handle live calls.
Stuck at Home (together)!
We'll let you know when new Creativity Challenges are available, along with other tips and updates we have to share!
The Stuck at Home (together) initiative is partially funded through the generous support of:
The mission of the Foundation for Art & Healing is to promote creative arts expression as a means to improve health and well-being for individuals and communities. Our signature program, The UnLonely Project, broadens public awareness of the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness associated with a wide range of living conditions and circumstances while also exploring and promoting creative arts-based approaches to reduce the burden.
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