What is a Story Book Collage? (2-3 hour workshop)
A Story Book Collage is a book of ones life story. This is a art project that is used as a tool to help one examine themselves, bring awareness, and celebrate God’s grace in their story. See “Why Art” page for more information.
This project is helpful with an individual or within a variety of groups including (but not limited to): leadership teams, bible study groups, and short-term mission teams.
Participants create collages within a book where each page represents different “pages” or chapters in one’s life. The medium of collage helps one communicate stories in which they have had no words for. One may use magazine pictures, colored papers, or fabric to represent emotions or events such as joy, hope, pain or loss etc.
After creating the book, take time to share with a safe person or group. Making art often helps reach straight to one’s soul, and things long hidden may surface and be brought to the light. This is the beginning of healing for many. One may weep and rejoice with other as one’s stories are told. It is healing to be heard and seen by others who show compassion and empathy. Then, take time to pray for one another speaking words of life, praising God for His grace, and bring comfort to the hard parts of one’s story.
Participants are encouraged to date their projects and journal about the process of creating this project and what they discovered.
- blank accordion books, or journal
- magazine pictures cut out
- painted papers or scrap book papers
- glue sticks
All materials are provided by The Creative Call. A materials fee is included in the workshop costs.
“We wear memories in our faces, in the whorls and folds of our brains; we bear scars and burns on our bodies. Even when we desire to give up the memories that have formed us and even haunt us – we cannot. Nor should we. Patricia Hampl urges us to remember because, “we do not … simply have experience; we are entrusted with it. We must do something – make something – with them . . .” (Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers, Leslie Leland Fields).