The Motherhood Unmasked workshops include a variety of activities that enable participants to articulate their experience as woman and as mum. Click on the image for the full description of activities.
A table full of possibilities. Materials we used throughout the workshops.
We had lots of materials to play and experiment with during the workshops.
Messages of Motherhood. During this workshop, we reflected on the messages we’d come across in print media, online and advertising regarding mothers and their roles. It raised some great discussion about our own experiences, creating an opportunity to encourage one another in our own mothering journey. We used the workshop to create art from these themes.
Mothers of Letters. Participants were invited to write a letter to a person, theme or time of life. These letters did not have to be sent, or shared – they were simply an opportunity to put our internal meanderings on paper and understand more clearly how we feel about the joys and challenges of being a mum. Participants then created beautiful art inspired by the letters.
Using words to create art. A participant talks us through an activity.
Different perceptions of home. Participants were encouraged to bring pieces from home if they wish to contribute to their portfolio.
An important aspect of the workshop was sharing our pieces and the thoughts / feelings that arose during the activity.
Self Portraits.Having spent previous weeks deconstructing broader social perceptions of motherhood, we thought it would be nice to hone in on our own sense of self and identity. Art Therapist, Michelle says: “Self portraits help convey a message you are trying to send, they capture a mood, an attitude, a belief.. they are highly personal and create a strong biography or context for the individual. Portraits are particularly effective in capturing the individual within a moment in time and they are forever changing. If a person does a self portrait every day, the results will always be different. Sometimes they surprise you, shock or give you insight.”