Happy Art!


Julia, Rachel, and Tiffany at the craft table

Julia, Rachel, and Tiffany at the craft table

All it took to make our first magical-return-to-childhood-crafts-night was cardboard picture frames, gaudy spray paint, glitter, macaroni, pompoms, and feathers.  We spread plastic sheeting and newspapers and then got busy.  For two hours or so we laughed and inhaled fumes and promised each other that we would always stick together.

Julia, Tiffany, Rachel, and George, hard at work(photo by Julia Buntaine)

Julia, Tiffany, Rachel, and George, hard at work

We had to explain to our foreign classmates that macaroni picture frames are an American tradition, even while we tried to figure out why.  And we had to reinforce the idea that when we make happy childhood crafts, there is no wrong approach.  Everyone wins.  Everyone gets an A.

ShinYoung, hoping his glue is drying

ShinYoung, hoping his glue is drying

Some of us made showy Vegas frames while others created Baroque masterpieces.  Some of us went “less is more” while most of us piled on the colors and the textures and waited impatiently for the Elmer’s to dry.

Julia's Masterpieces(photo by Julia Buntaine)

Julia’s Masterpieces
(photo by Julia Buntaine)

The glitter stuck to our hands while we debated holding a cardboard-picture-frame gallery exhibition.  And the whole time we were having fun we weren’t sad, and we weren’t anxious, and the satisfaction was in the making – not in the being appreciated for it afterward.

Tiffany, Rachel, George, me, (and Graciela's head) making "magical-return-to-childhood-crafts"

Tiffany, Rachel, George, me, (and Graciela’s head) making “magical-return-to-childhood-crafts” (photo by Julia Buntaine)

We proved that it is possible to create joy from thin air and a few bow-tie pasta (Farfalle!).  Next time, it was agreed, it will be popsicle sticks and yarn.  Join us and, if you’re lucky, remember when you were very young and things had not yet started to go wrong.

2 thoughts on “Happy Art!

  1. What a good time you all had. Do you think that any of the traditional “great” artists ever had such a relaxing time together—when they were sober?

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