So HeartFELT at Our House Decatur

Monday, June 11th was all about love at Our House Decatur! This project was lead by the lovely Paint Love artist, Mandy Goodwin. She gracefully kept an upbeat energy throughout as we discussed the meaning of our feelings and what we do to express them. 

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We started with the usual brief yoga warm-up to get everyone pumped and engaged. And after the reading of "In My Heart: A Book of Feelings" by Jo Witek, the Pre-K students were excited to make hearts of their own!

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All of the embellished, felt heart pillows were creative and unique to each student. We could tell by all the smiles that they truly enjoyed this project As for us, it was amazing to witness how talented and detailed these babies are at such a young age! 

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A Great Week with Break Away Volunteers

This week at Paint Love, we were lucky enough to have a group of volunteers join us from an organization called Break Away. Break Away is a nonprofit that helps college organizations around the country create meaningful “alternative breaks” for participants. These alternative breaks are opportunities for students to spend their vacations from school completing service projects with community partners around the country and even the world. As a community partner, we were joined by students from Central Michigan University, Middlebury College, University of Colorado and more.

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The Break Away team members were participating in their annual leadership conference in which they learn how to facilitate future trips and discuss active citizenship. The theme of this year’s conference was Placemaking and Public Art. Placemaking is the idea of taking what makes an area unique and highlighting those qualities in projects that bring the community together and make it stronger. Projects like the Clarkdale Kids Mudcloth Mural at Clarkdale Elementary and the collaborative mural we created with Kate’s Club are great examples of how we placemake at Paint Love. Our Break Away volunteers helped us finish up both of those projects this week, and they joined us for programs at Our House and Camp Peace. In addition to volunteering with us, they worked with the Piedmont Park Conservancy and members of the Kirkwood community. We are so thankful for their energy and enthusiasm that helped make our first week of summer programming a great success.

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Jellyfish Crafts with Our House

Walking into Our House Decatur last Tuesday, we were greeted with an enthusiastic cheer of “Look! New friends!” It was the perfect way to begin our first event of the summer. The project was lead by artist Mandy Goodwin, who organized a great morning for pre-K students focused on sea creature fun!

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We started off by reading The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark by Deborah Diesen, a picture book about standing up to bullies. Reading the book was a great way to align the event with the Paint Love project theme of loving and respecting others. Afterwards, the kids participated in some ocean-themed yoga. There were dolphins, sharks, and fish all around the room!

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Our art project for the day was making jellyfish out of glue and watercolors. With help from our fantastic Break Away volunteers, the kids had a great time making their colorful creations. We finished up with some ocean songs and a couple rounds of telephone.

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