This exhibit is a joint venture between the TCU Art Education Department and Safe Haven. It was displayed at the recent SafeHaven Annual Meeting and Volunteer Reception on March 24th at 809@Vickery in Fort Worth.
TCU students enrolled in ARED 40970, The Therapeutic Arts, planned a watercolor portrait lesson for the children at the Arlington and Fort Worth Safe Haven locations. Alex Sharp, a TCU graduate, photographed the children and printed out pictures of them. TCU Therapeutic Arts students helped the children to transfer the images onto watercolor paper and then taught the children the watercolor process and helped them to choose a color scheme for their portraits.
An unexpected outcome of the evening was that many of the mothers were able to paint pictures of their very young children while their children painted next to them, or while the mothers held them in their laps. This allowed them to connect with their children on a different level and also taught them a new recreation and relaxation skill.
When the children finished their work, they learned about color mixing by spraying primary colors of paint onto coffee filters. They expressed such amazement at the results. When the filters dried, the Therapeutic Art students then wrote words and wishes for the children, of things that they want the children to possess…joy, creativity, security, etc.
TCU Art Education Department is grateful for the beginning of productive collaboration, benefiting the families of Safe Haven.