Welcome to DAY ONE!!!

We're so excited you're here on this artistic journey with us. You're going to have a great time. The more you share and listen to one another the more you will get out of this experience. On this fun and creative adventure, know that it is totally normal to have a lot of feelings come up and that's OK. Responding to and making art is an emotional process. As we progress on this journey together, please know that this class is a safe space to share any thoughts. You may also reach out to the course leader to discuss strong emotions and responses. You might find it helpful to keep a journal to document your experience and growth during this time. Welcome to Consenses. We're so glad you're here.

Video 1

In this video, you will learn more about Sally Taylor, a musician and the creator of Consenses. You will hear about a game called 'Essences' that you'll get to use to help you explore your own creative insights.

Exercise 1

(This activity has two steps and you can do the exercise on your mother or a mother figure)

1. Play a game of 'Essences' on your mother by downloading and using the worksheet below or by entering your responses into the gallery here: https://padlet.com/CONSENSES/rnszql2mxutpgcw8

What would your mother be if she were a....





Piece of clothing

Landscape or place on earth


Video 2

In this video Sally reveals her metaphors about her mother and explains Consenses.

2. Share. Listen to how other people see their mothers or mother figures. Try to imagine each person's mother as they read their 'Essences' descriptions and try to imagine how they feel about their mothers or mother figures.

ex. Do you think they see their mother as strict? kind? busy? mean? playful?... based on their description. Do you think their mother would get along with yours?

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