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I AM ART Exchange Workshop

Lament, The Poetry of Truth Telling

Available in Exchange Library
English & Spanish

What You’ll Do

This online workshop is a five week workshop that will meet on Thursdays at 11:00 AM – 12:30 AM EST and from 7:00 PM EST – 8:30 PM EST. We will explore the theme of Lament as the poetry of truth-telling through an interactive arts-based workshop encouraging artists and creatives to understand their prophetic voice in the current reality of our world and engage the mystery of how artistic expression awakens our hearts to God. Each session will have five components:

1) Teaching, Reflection & Discernment

2) Presentation by a visiting artist

3) Group Interaction With Fellow Creatives

4) Art-making with Various Basic Art Forms

5) Creative Prompts for “between session” Studio Time


Click Here for Class Resources

Click Here to View the Lament Art Gallery containing art curated from the participants of the class.


Materials Needed

  •  Paper or Canvas or You Can Use the Ground
  •  Markers or Charcoal or Pastels or Colored Pencils

Your Instructor

Joel Van Dyke and Shabrae Jackson Krieg

USA and Mexico

Joel Van Dyke has lived and served in Guatemala City since 2003. He is the founder of the Center for Transforming Mission Guatemala, serving as the Executive Director up until 2014. Currently Joel serves as the Director of Training Hub Formation for an Urban Training Collaborative (UTC) that exists as a strategic partnership between Street PsalmsResonate Global Mission and Leadership Foundations. The UTC is a dynamic global training collaborative linking cities with the vital task of equipping urban community leaders, organizations and churches who seek the social and spiritual renewal of cities.  Joel serves as a career missionary as a leadership developer with Resonate Global Mission.

Prior to moving to Central America, Joel pastored for 15 years in Philadelphia, co-founded the Philadelphia Project for Youth Ministry and served in urban ministries in Chicago including psychiatric care, counseling and church planting. Joel obtained a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social Work, a M.Div. with concentration in Urban Mission from Westminster Theological Seminary and then a Doctorate of Ministry in Transformational Leadership for the Global City from the Bakke Graduate University. He is a published author; his most recent of which is entitled “Geography of Grace: Doing Theology from Below” which has several chapters dedicated to Lament as the poverty of truth-telling. Joel is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament with the Christian Reformed Church and an ordained and founding member of Street Psalms: A Community of the Incarnation. Joel was a key contact for Athentikos during its formative years, assisting in the production of the films and playing a role in launching the I AM ART project as well as serving several years on the Board.


Shabrae is a trained expressive arts educator working in communities impacted by crisis.  Shabrae has extensive international experience working in grassroots development including community organizing, sports for development and children & youth leadership programs. She is co-founder of UMBRAL  a Mexican-based organization engaged in psychosocial trauma and healing work, currently exploring the intersection of the arts, sports, and peace-building with LudArtem. She also serves as the Director of Learning & Collaboration with Servant Partners, an international organization based in California but serving with teams in 15 cities around the world.  Shabrae co-edited the book, “Voices Rising: Women of Color Finding & Restoring Hope in the City” and currently lives in Mexico City.

Workshop Videos

Episode 1
Lament – Affliction and Beauty
Running Time: 01:16:56
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In this segment we began our study on the theme of Lament which allows us to be honest with God about pain. We discussed experiences of beauty and affliction drawing us closer to God; and artists can be a unique voice of expression.  We then responded to the teaching in the form of Mark Making and Gestural Drawing.

Episode 2
Lament – Bringing Pain into View
Running Time: 01:36:28
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This segment was a powerful experience. We discussed giving voice to the pain around us and the benefits of expressing sorrow. During this segment together we created a whiteboard of words expressing our collective voices.

Episode 3
Lament – Giving Voice To Pain
Running Time: 01:39:45
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This segment was a powerful experience. We discussed giving voice to the pain. During this segment we responded artistically through Black Out Poetry.

Episode 4
Lament – The Art of Mending
Running Time: 01:37:24
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Today we explored the theme of “Mending” through Bible Study and aesthetic response.

Episode 5
Lament – Art Show
Running Time: 02:45:10
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In this segment, we heard from two amazing guest artists, Sabrina Shun & Morena Tercero, recapped what we learned, and shared our personal projects. It was a powerful workshop!

About Athentikos

Athentikos is a nonprofit that exists to restore holistic well-being through the transformative power of creative art programs.

We’re offering you online creative workshops, building on ten years of experience leading art camps in Guatemala with over 2,500 children and adults.