Info for program sponsors
This workshop is facilitated in-tandem with one of my tolerance education with art power-point class presentations. It can be on the same day as the power-point class, or a day or two later.
The workshop can be facilitated following an exhibit tour or other program with my art and other human rights art, photography, etc., on display, e.g. at human rights, Holocaust remembrance & genocide awareness programs.
This is not a ‘how to draw’ studio class.
The workshop is offered as a safe way to heal and process, in a non-threatening environment, with others, following Holocaust and/or related educational programs, e.g. wars, hate crimes, genocides, storms and the usually awful world news.
What supplies are needed?
a) Sturdy white paper, non-newsprint. Size: 16 x 20 inches. Smaller size paper does not work well.
b) crayons, lotsa crayons.
No pencils, no pens!
c) tables (e.g. typically 4 particpants per table unless it’s a really long table).
In 2013 an art instructor at Seattle Central College drummed up a large roll of black paper and the students in his class got on the floor and each drew an area in the drawing paper. That was new for me and it worked wonderfully.
Easels could also be used; and or paper tacked to walls for participants who like to stand while drawing.
Workshop sizes – how many can attend?
On average or typically there are up to 20 participants per workshop. There can be more, here are two examples:
In 2017 I guest presented a power-point and Q&A with 150 pupils, ages 14 to 16, in an auditorium, at Caerleon Comprehensive school, Wales, UK. Sixty pupils who attended the lecture participated in the workshop: 20 per classroom. During the 2 workshop phases I went back and forth between each of the 3 art classrooms. In the first phase I verbally introduced the exercise and what (imagery) participants will be drawing. The second phase was discussion, co-led by instructors, of each drawing done by participants. Questions, answers and feedback are strongly encouraged.
In 2015 I guest presented a power-point with 3 combined classes of ten and eleven year-old pupils at Maisondieu Primary, Angus, Scotland.
Following the power-points I had Q&A with the pupils in 3 separate classrooms. I went back and forth between each classroom.
The inception and background of the Drawing-for-Healing workshop
The idea was from a workshop I attended at the Int’l School for Holocaust Education, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Oct. 13, 1999, led by Leah Thorn. Her workshop was titled “Whirlwinds destroying the whole world – performance poetry in Holocaust education.”
From her description page: “Emphasis of workshop is on participants and their discoveries. No previous experience with writing or performance is necessary.”
Ms. Thorn spoke of how people see movies (e.g. Schindler’s List), hear Holocaust survivors or other genocide survivors speak, and other difficult topic-subject programs, then go onto their next class, back to work, back home, etc., each and all with no processing time nor even discussion of what they’ve seen, listened to, watched. I thought her exercise program terrific.
In 2000 and 2001, with her permission, I led several classes in the group poetry writing exercise, e.g. 10 and 11 year old school pupils; adult university students, etc. But I kept thinking, “Hey! I’m an artist and I use art to teach lessons of the Holocaust and about prejudice, stereotyping, etc. Why not apply Leah’s group poetry workshop to art?”
My first Drawing-for-Healing workshop was with a class of German language & literature students, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, 2003. Since then I’ve facilitated the workshop in 2 schools in Wales and around 18 schools in Scotland; first year M.A. Art Therapy majors, Haifa Univ; teacher training at an Israeli school; and various U.S. venues.
Six workshop videos – Seattle, Wales, Scotland
Maisondieu Primary, Brechin, Angus school district, Scotland –
Tolerance education with art workshop, 2015 (6M, 21s):
Webster’s High School, Kirriemuir, Angus school district,
Scotland, 2015 Tolerance education workshop led by artist A.K.Segan (15 min., 58s):
Forfar Academy, a state secondary school, Angus school district,
Scotland, 2015. Workshop session 1: Anger (3M, 48s):
Drawing-for-healing workshop with an art class,
Seattle Central College, 2013 (2 min., 5 sec)
Drawing for healing human rights workshop with an immigrant ESL/English class,
Seattle Central College, 2013 (6 min., 28 sec):
Drawing phase & discussion, Caerleon Comprehensive School, Wales,
2017 (5 min., 35 sec):