WORKING WITH ENERGY CREATIVELY
Jay [pseudonym] had just had a complete melt down. He was exhausted and when he came back into the classroom he seemed to be in a fog, as if not connected to the world in front of him. He could not fully pay attention to what the teacher was asking him to do.
We cover the desk with newspapers and laid out a piece of watercolour paper (which is more absorbent than ordinary paper). We had pots of crystal paint in many colours. Crystal paint is a powder paint that creates unpredictable and beautiful effects when it comes in contact with water.
We chose Jay’s favourite colour and sprinkled crystal paint onto the paper…then we took a paint brush, dipped it into water and spattered it across the paper.
As the water met the crystal, an explosion of colour emerged. Jay’s attention was drawn to the moving paint. As the crystals came in contact with water the paint swirled outward transforming from, what seemed like a dark spot of powder, into flowing eddies of colour. Jay seemed to be mesmerised by the beauty of the effects and asked if he could have a go.
We gave Jay a paint brush and paper. He started to create. As he did so, he gradually became more calm and engrossed in the effects of the paint.