Express your Gratitude with Art
- Create your own place-cards for Thanksgiving dinner - leave room for each guest to draw or write something they are thankful for
- Draw or paint a picture for a favorite relative or friend - present this to him or her and share why you are grateful to have that person in your life
- Create a family gratitude poster - hang it in the kitchen and let people add drawings and ideas over the course of the weekend
- Interview a family member about what his or her Thanksgiving was like as a child - draw pictures showing then and now and see what is the same and what's different
- Be inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and take a walk (you may not have to go farther than your front yard) collecting colorful leaves - choose a color and see how many different shades of that color you can find in the leaves
- Look around for "found art" in nature - interesting shapes in branches, beauty in the form of seed pods, see what you can notice - the photos below are a leaf that dried in a unique shape and a leaf that left a "print" on my bumper after the rain
- Enjoy a family drawing or building night - work individually or in pairs to draw, collage, build with blocks or create with recycled materials - share your work when finished. This is a great way to discover some of the hidden creative talents in a group and a fun way to get everyone involved.