Picture Yourself in Collage (Artist-in-Residence Creativity Series)

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September 22, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing programs@smithcenter.org

You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.

with Turner Houston

Smith Center Artist-in-Residence Creativity Series

Our Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) engages patients and clinical staff in creative arts activities as part of the healing process through the visual arts, creative writing, storytelling, music, creative movement, and guided imagery. We often hear about the incredible impact these artists have been having so it’s time to bring our AIR program to our Smith Center program participants.

Join us for our first quarterly collaboration on September 22nd:

(Collage by Houston Turner)

Picture Yourself in Collage is open to anyone interested. You’ll be amazed at what you discover when you make a collage. Without knowing it, memories, stories, and feelings express themselves through the bits of paper, color, textures, and words you choose to glue down. We’ll begin with centered breathing then allow ourselves to respond to what calls us. There are no rules, no expectations except that you will be surprised.

Supply list:
• Any sized paper you want to work on, preferably of heavy weight like watercolor paper, mixed
media paper, a greeting card on heavy stock, cardboard or Bristol board
• A piece of scrap cardboard to use when applying glue to your bits of paper
• A glue stick such as Uhu or Scotch brand
• A collection of images, colors, textures, patterns and words you have cut out of magazines (at
least a minimum of 25 of each), plus magazines or newspapers on hand in case you need to
search for more or alternates. Choose randomly. Choose what appeals to you in the moment.
• Color markers—including black
• Crayons in case you are called to color
• Scissors
Suggested donation: $10

About Turner Houston

Turner Houston is an Artist in Residence with The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, facilitates collage workshops at the INOVA Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. She marvels about how collage enables people to tell their stories without having to use words. Through paper, colors and patterns, people easily express their feelings and find contentment in the collage process. Besides being a collagist, Turner is also a painter, a photographer and writer. She blogs about creativity at https://makingit.blog/ and is currently finishing a memoir of loss and continuation.


September 22, 2022
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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