Art and Soul
Art and Soul brings parents together to share the joys and challenges of family life, whilst going on a creative journey. Our aim is to create a welcoming and inclusive space where parents have the opportunity to celebrate the positives of parenting, share support and advice as well as uncover new strategies and ideas that are easy to take home.
It takes the form of a six-week course based in school. Sessions start with tea and cake and a brief introduction to the morning’s craft activities, which include card-making, decoupage, family tree art, jewellery making and relate to the overall topic of the session. Group sizes are kept small to facilitate the sharing of struggles and solutions together. Parents help other parents and the focus on doing craft together makes the whole experience very accessible.
Art and Soul topics range from communication, traditions and routines, affirmation, co-operation to finding creative ways to relax and unwind as a parent. Everyone is encouraged to respond to the content by sharing their own experiences and listening to others’ stories. A mixture of discussion questions, videos, exercises and crafts makes for an engaging course and the team at Flourishing Families are looking forward to further adapting and developing these sessions to bring to more schools and communities.