Think Purple Teens
There is huge focus at Think Purple for our teens . I feel that in this era things for the teens gets pushed aside. The focus at school appear to always focus on getting them JOB ready (whatever that means?) I am all about teaching EQ over the importance of IQ, our teens these days need to put much more attention on their inner world of self worth and self esteem and create a passion for building positive emotions from the inside as opposed to portraying an image on the surface that seems to fit what society and their peer groups deem as normal and acceptable. Being unique and standing out amongst the crowd is of paramount importance, in this overly competitive world.
Throughout the year i run a few different courses and workshops for them ..the staples that i run weekly are my Monday night and Thursday night teen sessions for kids aged 13 plus and my weekly sewing sessions for kids aged 14 plus . Both these regular classes are about problem solving and using their right hand brains to to think intuitively and trust that they have the answers in them themselves instead of another adult telling them how it is and how it should be done. Bindi and myself are there to listen and HEAR what they have to say and we work together to create projects that they have predominantly come up with on their own. this is extremely empowering for them and building a sense of pride in what they do can be so rewarding.
Below are the details of what runs regularly.
I also hold quarterly self empowerment weekend workshops with the assistance of other facilitators offering everything form meditation to yoga practice all focusing on mindfulness and building self love.
By this age kids have usually been drawing and painting for a while at school and have usually grasped the basics of these disciplines. However as school life continues art can sometimes be pushed aside for other studies and commitments, likewise they are told at school they have to paint and draw a certain way to fit in with the curriculum. when this happens the fun can go out of it, sadly leaving the student lost and bored in their once happy place of creativity.
When this happens kids lose their creative flair and their logical left brain thinking can take over and cause havoc with anxiety levels and stress .
This is why this teen group is vital for giving kids a way to relax and unwind and keep their right brain thinking switched ON. I am passionate about the resilience that can be achieved through art making and as we get older it becomes even more important to keep in the flow of creativity.
These session offer anyone from 13 years old upwards a relaxing and self expressive environment where they are free to explore their preferred medium . I offer everything from jewellery making and fashion, sewing, painting and drawing anything goes. We listen to music, laugh and even order pizzas.! It is a space where they can really use their own minds to come up with projects. I have a beautiful and talented young lady called Bindi that offer mentorship with the younger teens. (you can find out more about theme in the about section above. We are even now discussing ways we can make and sell our craft at markets in the community and online using etsy and even instagram. and youtube. This is their world, so why not play in it and allow them to make money doing what they see others making money at., They will learn entrepreneurial skills, business skills , communication skills etc. All they need to do is let me know what they might like to learn and I will resource it for them and together we can learn hope to make it work.
These are very casual sessions where they have the option of help from me if needing ideas and inspiration. I also know that some that come just want the freedom to express themselves their way and use my space and materials and ask for help as and when needed , i want them to be independent thinkers when it comes to painting and drawing it is important that they are allowed to follow their own world of imagination
They will learn to be more intuitive with their art and follow the excitement not the over thinking path to art. The possibilities in life are ENDLESS when they keep working from the creative side of their brains and allow their imagination and intuition to flow.
All these creative skills are essential for their young minds as they go through high school. it is not just a ” nice thing to do” (believe me it is the most VITAL thing any young person can continue to pursue). It reduces anxiety, builds self esteem , creates great problem solvers, gets them to think outside the box, and just so much more. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE is what kids need to grow into confident happy positive adults not IQ’s !!
Today more then ever our kids NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. The creative arts does this !!
$40 a session or a block of 5 for $150
please note the block of 5 sessions does not have to be used consecutively. Credit is ticked off each time they attend (they have 2 terms to use their 5 credits after that anything left will expire)
Please note this session is for anyone one that is aged 13 up, that wishes to come and explore and play with art materials that they don’t usually get time to use. The studio is a great place to come on a Monday evening for a couple of hours to unwind and relax with other like minded creatives.
Hello, My name is Bindi
I have had two years of experience alongside Kay. This has refined and developed my teaching and wellbeing support skills.
Seeing the young ones flourish in their own creative ways has been a blessing I did not know could happen at my age. Art has always been a part of my life and my passion is to help others achieve their visions while also supporting and mentoring them with honesty and love.
My goal is to hold a space for others to be themselves and to help young people find their inner fulfilment in life. For some, Art is the catalyst for doing so and my part is to listen and support them.
I have been working as a support person for over a year which has been such a pleasure. It’s incredible to explore their inspiring ideas and see their creative growth.
I look forward to meeting and connecting with new people and of course making art!
And a bit about Bindi from me.
I would just like to say that I have waited 7 years to find someone that fits my vision at think purple hartspace so perfectly. SHE GETS IT!! At such a young age she has more knowledge than anyone I have met about how important staying balanced in our left and right brains is, especially for our mental health and She understands how the creative arts is the best way we can do this.
Bindi is the most beautiful earth angel who has the mindset of a person older than me! She has been gifted to me from my angels to help me on this journey at hartspace. It is more than just a place to paint and draw. It’s a safe inclusive space to allow everyone of all ages to be their true authentic, unique, and beautiful souls. Bindi allows our kids and teens to just BE and accepts them all as perfect beautiful young adults trying to navigate and fit into this world that is ever changing. She listens and helps them grow into themselves without judgement.
Bindi is a phenomenal artist (as you can see from the images of some of her work).
She shows the teens and kids new styles and techniques that differ from mine and therefore gives them a broader knowledge of how things can be achieved with both pencil pen and paint. Thankyou Bindi you are very loved .
“Imagine yourself comfortable and happy in your body at school and with your friends. Imagine handling your emotions with confidence and ease, knowing how to call on your inner resources and creative spirit whenever you need to.
In these workshops they
💜Learn to quiet their busy minds
💜Bring difficult emotions into an inner stillness through simple meditation techniques
💜express themselves through art, movement, song and improvisation games
💜Learn some essential communication tools that will help them to improve their close relationships
💜Be held in the loving support of a group of their peers, enabling them to freely express all of themselves.
💜Change their relationship with their body and learn how to rest comfortably in the vessel that holds them
💜.Learn key skills to become more confident in themselves.
These powerful workshops come in several parts. Each time we offer different skills to help our teens build resilience and empower them to be all they can be. ART and craft is a big part of the day. using the power of our imagination and learning to follow our intuition is all part of the THINK PURPLE philosophy!
NEXT TEEN RETREAT IS 19TH MARCH
Saturday 19th March 2022
1pm to 5pmNSW
$80 includes all materials
*Journal/Notebook and pen
*Ice-breaker activities to learn about each other and put everyone at ease
Kay : 0415611342
Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest(natural) atmosphere, or taking in the forest (nature) through our senses.
Kay and Jodie