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Friday, May 15th, 2020

Weekend Art Challenge: Card Making

“Looking for a fun way to make sure people don’t feel forgotten during this time of self-isolation? Make them a card! All you need is paper and markers. If you’re feeling really crafty you can even add scrapbook or construction paper.”

-Erin Hein ATR-BC, LPC

Share your creations with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!

 


Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Midweek Mindfulness – Drawing Your Breath

Place your pencil or chosen drawing material on the paper. Take a moment to notice and observe your breathing. Visualize your breath as a line and represent this on the paper. Take some time playing around with different lines noticing the different patterns of your breath. Try altering your breathing and attend to how this changes your lines on the page.

Materials: any drawing medium – pencils, markers, oil pastels, or chalks and any size paper.


Monday, May 11th, 2020

~Student Appreciation~

We are very proud of all of our students hard work while we are away from the studios! Each one of them are dedicated and passionate about their art. Enjoy the warming messages and pieces created by some of our students!


Friday, May 8th, 2020

Weekend Challenge!

Take some time today and think about who you have not talked to in awhile. Who have you not heard from this week? During social distancing, we are struggling to find ways to connect with one another.

How are you going to connect with others this weekend?
-Organize a virtual lunch with family/friend
-Call or message someone
-Deliver a letter or homemade gift to some

Drop your heart color…
How are you doing? How can we support you?
We are in this together!

Share your heart color with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!


Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Mid-Week Mindfulness – Oil Pastel Transfer
Materials: White paper, oil pastels, tape, pencil, coloring sheet template

Steps:
1. Select a coloring page or mandala from a coloring book you may have around the house. (You are more than welcome to create your own designs if you would like starting with a blank sheet of paper).
2. Fill the back side of your coloring sheet you have selected with oil pastels. Tip: You are going to want to apply some pressure to the oil pastel while coloring
3. Continue filling in the sheet of the paper until you have covered the entire surface.
4. Take your blank sheet of paper, putting it behind your coloring sheet. You want the colored side faced the blank sheet of paper.
5. Tape the two papers together to avoid paper shifting
6. Use your pencil and trace over the designs from the coloring sheet. Apply pressure to pencil while tracing. To check this, carefully check the blank sheet of paper to see what your transfer looks like. (If you are creating your own designs, be creative and explore shapes and designs!)
7. Once finished tracing, separate sheets of paper and reveal your transfer!
8. Video Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS1bp7x7l9o

Share your creations with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!


Monday, May 4th, 2020

Student of the Week:

Jackie Senn has been attending Donna Lexa Art Centers for over 20 years. Her favorite material to use is acrylic paint. “Art helps me in ways I normally wouldn’t. It makes me feel happy and free.”


Friday, May 1st, 2020

Weekend Art Challenge: Postcard to Your Future Self

Are you feeling like you are stuck in the present?
Especially with the difficult circumstances we are facing today with COVID-19. It can be difficult to imagine a future that is different or better. An art therapy directive that can help is to create a postcard that you would like to receive from your future self. This postcard can be helpful for yourself to think about how you would like to be and to instill some hope for the future. It can serve as a good reminder that whatever you may be struggling with is not going to last forever and that something different can be in your future.

Directions:
On the front of the postcard, create an image that represents something about how you would like your life to be in the future. (For example, in a month, week, or year/s from now). On the back, write a note from yourself, giving encouragement or advice, describe what life is like for you in the future and explain how you got there.

Materials:
Any paper (cardstock recommended) and medium of choice, collage, drawing, painting, markers, crayons or any other preferred item of choice.

Share your creations with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!


Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Midweek Mindfulness – Meditation/Spirit Stick

Represent a personal intention/goal. Create an intention stick and take time to reflect on aspects of your life. You set intentions and give them loving energy. It can be about gratitude, affirmations, letting go of things that don’t serve you any more or something you would like to accomplish or celebrate. What word or phrase do you want to live by every day? The stick is a tangible reminder of what you live by everyday!

Steps:
1. Gathered sticks from nature
2. Write or paint intentions on paper and wrapped those onto the sticks binding them.
3. Next added paint to stick for color (if you wish)
4. Embellish is any way you wish. Be creative! Wrap fibers, yarn, copper wire and string. Or maybe add beads, feathers, charms, items found in nature, or any number of interesting items you may have laying around the house.


Monday April 27th, 2020

Student of the Week:

Kelly has been creative with her love of mosaics. She has been experimenting with different techniques at home by creating a paper mosaic! Great work Kelly! We cannot wait to see the finished product!


Friday April 24th, 2020

Weekend Art Challenge: Scene Diorama

-Where is your favorite place to be? or Where do you wish to be?

Enjoy a quick tutorial from one of our staff Robin, sharing with us, her favorite place to be. Take some time this weekend and think about some of your favorite places to be.

Supplies:
– Box
– Markers, crayons or paint
– Recyclable items and paper
– Scissors
– Tape
– Glue
– Any other found objects around the home or outside that you would like to include
Steps:
– Choose a box and cut off one side
– Draw or paint background
– Draw or Paint ground or lay found materials
– Decorate pieces/items you would like to contribute out of cardboard or recycled materials
– Last, add something special that completes your scene. (Stars, clouds, rocks, animals, cars, people, etc.)

CLICK HERE for Robin’s Tutorial!

Share your creations with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Midweek Mindfulness – Mindfulness Jars

A meditation jar is a great tool for adults to calm their mind, focus and relieve stress or anxiety. These jars give you a couple moments of mindfulness when you don’t have time for a full meditation. Gather recycled bottles, jars or clear containers and be creative with what you put in your jar!

Here is a link that guide you step by step!
https://awakeandmindful.com/how-to-make-diy-meditation-jar/

“I keep a mindfulness jar on my desk at all times! It gives me a 10 second break watching the glitter and beads flow around the jar. Ten seconds may not seem like a long time, but it brings smile to my face and gives my brain and body a small break.”
-Amber Brown, Program Manager


Monday April 20th, 2020

Student of the Week:

Najebah has been keeping herself busy away from the studio by watching painting tutorials and experimenting with yarn coiling! “I hope everyone is healthy and I can’t wait to come back!”


Friday April 17th, 2020

Weekend Art Challenge – “I believe . . .”

Take some time this weekend by making a 4×4 artist tile. What can you find around the house to use? This could be any art material and/or things you may have around the house including magazines, newspapers, yarn, buttons, or anything you may find in nature. Sit down and ask yourself “What do I believe?” State them out loud or write them down. Create an art response to your experience and/or favorite statement. This simple practice will allow you to measure how you are doing and be comforted by your “I believe” statements.

Share your creations with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!


Monday, April 13th, 2020

Artist of the Week:

Doug cannot wait to get back into the studio. He wanted to share one of his largest pieces that he completed in January. This piece was on the display during Ballet Russe Reimagined by the Milwaukee Ballet Company and Donna Lexa Art Centers collaboration.

“Blood, Sweat and Tears”
Acrylic paint, glitter, and tulle on canvas
Inspired by Firebird musical piece thinking of beauty and protection. Doug shares the symbolism behind each color and material use: black as darkness, yellow as happiness, blue as spirit, glitter as joy of being alive and power, and red tulle as blood.


Friday, April 10th, 2020

Weekend Art Challenge – Recognizing Strengths

 Take some time to focus on inner strengths and building self-esteem by discovering your superpower. Claim your unique power; realize your talents and potentials, by creating your very own superhero and/or super symbol. Use materials of your choice.

Share your creations with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!

   


Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Midweek Mindfulness!

Who is ready to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather? A beautiful, spiritual and simple way to explore nature creatively is to make mandalas together. The word mandala is a Sanskrit term that means “circle” and in fact a mandala is a circular structure with a design that radiates out symmetrically from a unifying center.

You can see mandala patterns in natural objects from the radiating petals of a flower to tree rings, spiderwebs, seashells, crystals and more. The mandala’s pattern can be interpreted as a model for the organizational structure of life.

Now is your time to take a break with nature, creating your own nature mandalas. Share your creations with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!

   


Monday, April 6th, 2020

Featured DLAC Artist


Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Weekend Art Challenge!

Take some time this weekend by making a 4×4 artist tile. What can you find around the house to use? This could be any art material and/or things you may have around the house including magazines, newspapers, yarn, buttons, or anything you may find in nature. The only direction is you must include the word “ART’. (See the example below.)

This is a process that our Executive Director, Rosemary Pearson has been doing for years.

Share your creations with us on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE! We look forward to seeing what everyone creates.


Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Midweek Mindfulness!

I invite you to take a moment right now to ask and answer these questions for yourself.

  • How are you feeling emotionally and physically in this moment?
  • How are you bringing mindfulness to your mental and physical state each day so that you can make wise, responsible, caring choices during this disease outbreak?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, such questions can serve a very important purpose. They offer the opportunity to bring our attention to our mental and physical states and to mindfully observe in order to be less reactive and more responsive in the face of such uncertain and frightening times.

“I am creating my own mandalas as a means of grounding.  The repetition of the shapes and designs helps calm the mind and relax racing thoughts.  They are simple to do using any household objects or stencils.  First draw out a circle and divide it evenly into quadrants.  Then use your household objects or stencils to create a repeating pattern inside of your circle.  Trace over your shapes with a pen and erase any pencil lines.  Finally use your art material of choice to color it in.” – Erin Hein, ATR-BC, LPC