Black Paper Workshop Project

Leader: Dawn Elsenbroek
Opal House 2019
Photography By Bev Abma

This workshop used colors and found objects to make their own paper.

First, the group painted homes, using colors which represented parts of their personality and who you are.  ie: artistic, athletic, tall, short, big family, small family, introverted, extroverted, etc. 

On day three, we added our sketches and black paper to the pulp blender. The black paper symbolized how yucky stuff happens in our lives and messes things up.  

BUT on day four, we made something beautiful out of this yucky stuff……just like God will make something beautiful out of our bad circumstances… On the dried black handmade paper, we drew plants using oil pastels to make beautiful pictures. The color showed up really nicely on the black paper!

Finally, we create a village out of our houses and pictures and built a community tree in the middle of our village which show how the community can come together and help each other. We can look around and see the houses (people) in our community and how we might relate or help each other in our  struggles. Some beautiful things can be created through the process.  

I think if kids can understand the concept of God taking a bad situation and making something beautiful out of it, that would be a huge source of hope and motivation. 

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