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Spoken Word Workshops with Kate's Club

This is a special guest post by Paint Love Summer Intern & GSU student, Victoria Allen.

"We all came from different places, but we're all coming from the same place" 

Paint love partnered with Kate's Club on June 4th and 26th to present in a brand new art form for Paint Love, spoken word! We collaborated with spoken word artist, Ashley Haze and Mista Funn to create an therapeutic activity for students dealing with grief and loss. 

Daryl led out on June 4th, with a group activity to break the ice. Having experienced the loss of his sister, Daryl demonstrated how spoken word can release some of the built up feelings the students may identify with. 

Students worked together adding teamwork and fun during the activites

Students worked together adding teamwork and fun during the activites

Similar to Daryl's workshop, Ashley Haze led out on June 26th for more expression through spoken word. Ashley began the workshop with haiku poems, preparing the students for the free verse shortly after. 

Proceeding the spoken word portion, Paint Love staff and volunteers brought art supplies to help the students express their spoken word poems in another way. The overall goal for the workshop was for the students to write a piece and then create a painting reflecting their piece. Students designed magnificent pieces, some reflecting their poem and others made what they felt.

We absolutely loved combining two art forms to create this therapeutic, fun filled experience. We look forward to our next workshop with Kate's Club! 

A Metalsmithing Workshop with Cat Goolsby and Wellspring Living

I love the variety of projects we are able to host at Paint Love. From traditional painting to metal working and found art. It seems as if we will never run out of new projects to do. On March 5th, we were lucky to host our studio neighbor, Cat Goolsby for a metalsmithing workshop with the girls at Wellspring Living. 

The projects that come with the coolest tools are the best! Check out Cat's assortment of metalsmithing tools. 

Wellspring Living is an Atlanta based nonprofit helping domestic sex trafficking victims and the vulnerable develop the courage to move forward and the confidence to succeed. We have been so delighted to partner with them on several projects! You can view our projects with Wellspring here.

Mixed Media Flowers with Kathlee Kohl and Wellspring Living for Girls

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Kathlee Kohl led the most recent event at Wellspring Living. Kathlee taught the girls how to paint flowers with acrylics. She also taught them how to use fabric and other mixed media elements to embellish their paintings. We’ve been working with Wellspring for some time, and it’s amazing to see the relationships that we’ve made along the way. It's always so wonderful to see the girls!

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A few girls said they were just going to watch. We encouraged them to just try it. Besides, what girl doesn’t like flowers? It was Interesting that the one girl who wanted to watch ended up making the most beautiful piece with all different mediums. Another girl was graduating & taking her piece home. I think the girls really enjoyed the outlet of carefree painting. My heart was warmed with many hugs as we left for the day.
— Kathlee Kohl
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Each piece turned out so differently and so beautiful in their own way. Those girls have so much talent!