Birth Art is a wonderful way to tune in and explore what it means to you to embark on this life changing journey. Birth Art can guide a woman and her partner towards greater meaning of both physical and emotional changes that occur through pregnancy and beyond. Within this group, we will use art materials and the art making process, to connect with deeper layers of our being/ psyche and you may be surprised with what comes out of this exploration. No art experience necessary, let go of judgments and just have fun with it!
Each week, we will focus on one directive, but participants are also open to creating whatever comes out. Below are some directives/ ideas to get you started, or you can choose to do whatever comes to your mind and heart. These directives are for both mom and partner. This process can expand the dialogue of this journey you are on together.
- Being Pregnant– Using materials given, create an image that depicts your meaning of being pregnant and what this journey has been like for you. This can be a physical image of your body during pregnancy, a physical experience, an emotion, a thought, or all of the above. It can be an abstract image, a realistic image, words, symbols etc.
- Landscape of Pregnancy– Create a landscape of how your pregnancy has felt within your body. Partners can create an image of a landscape from his or her outside perspective of pregnancy. Consider substance (water, earth, air, fire, etc), texture, color and meaning.
- Door or Bridge to Birth– Birth is a very profound “crossing over.” There may be nothing more transformative than this experience. Create an image that depicts this transformation. This can be in the form of a door, a bridge or any other image that elicits the meaning of change and transformation. Again, consider, color, texture, size, etc. Also, consider what is around this focal image (the landscape housing this image).
- Postnatal Art– Create an image of your birthing experience. Birth happens in your body and not so much in your mind, so allow the body sensations to guide this process and do more feeling, less thinking.
- Baby’s First Experiences– Imagine seeing the world from your baby’s perspective, using the senses. Imagine what he or she may see, feel, smell, hear and taste during his or her first moments of life. Babies come to us as mindful little beings, without the distractions we have as adults.
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