Grief

Henna Workshop at Kate's Club

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This week Paint Love artist Janelle Perrilliat of Joonie & Jake's volunteered to do 2 henna workshops with the kids from Kate's Club

The theme was  "I am worth it." We wanted to show the kids how to celebrate and treat yourself while dealing with grief. Henna is the best way to symbolize this theme. 

Henna is a small flowery shrub that has many uses. The flowers can be used as perfume, the dried leaves can be mashed to fine powder to dye clothes, hair and skin. The art of applying henna to hands and feet is known as Mehndi and it is used for celebrations and rites of passage. 

Grieving the lost of a loved one is a process. Being able to enjoy the good times without that person in your life takes a lot of strength. Henna represents this strength. Having the courage to enjoy your life, celebrate holidays, and treat yourself to love and laughter is its own "rite of passage." We wanted to show these kids that you shouldn't let life pass you by and to enjoy the little things that make you smile.

Henna gave that joy to these kids. Janelle was so talented at drawing the designs on their hands! It really showed the individuality and fluidity of henna art. Everyone's design and meaning was different just like how each person goes through their own "rite of passage" differently.

We look forward to working with Kate's Club again and Check out our upcoming events!

Graffiti Workshop with Kate’s Club

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Kate’s Club is an Atlanta area nonprofit that has developed therapeutic programming to help children and teens who have lost a parent or sibling establish healthy support systems and develop the necessary skills to cope effectively with their grief. We are big fans of their work and have been lucky to partner up with them on several events.

Over the summer, Paint Love returned to Kate's Club on two different occasions with well-known Atlanta graffiti artists Rich Dennard (aka Lerch) and Chris Veal for a street art workshop. The teens grew wide-eyed when they spotted a huge two-sided cellophane panel, dozens of canvases and stencils, and rows of brightly colored spray paint.

Got Myself Together Yeah!

Masked and gloved, they first took to the stencils, layering images in unique patterns and stumbling upon innovative techniques under the artists' guidance. Each take-home piece was remarkably beautiful and thoughtful, promising to serve as a special reminder of the benefits of positive self-expression.

To explore the Kate's Club theme "Getting Myself Together: Collecting Thoughts About Starting School," Rich and Chris designed murals that read "Got Myself Together, Yeah!" On one side of the stretched cellophane panel, they gave a basic outline to the letters and then invited the kids to experiment with filling in and embellishing them.

Kate's Club Graffiti Workshop with Paint Love

Kate's Club Graffiti Workshop with Paint Love

On the other side of the panel was space for free style expression and putting into practice the techniques they had just learned. By the end of the day, both panels were bursting with colorful words and graphics, all reminders that positive creative expression is one of the best ways we can "get ourselves together."