In addition to the children's program, I am also running a teen and an adult program this year. You Are Here is the theme for the teen program. For our first of four activity sessions, we explored the theme of "self." One of the suggestions in the manual was to give the teens prompts and have them write journal entries. That sort of struck me as a big, fat, bore as far as a summer program was concerned, but it did remind me of my favorite journal artist, Teesha Moore.
I showed the teens a few of the instructional videos that Teesha has put on youtube, and then the they got to work. First, the teens painted washes or patterns on their water color weight paper, to create a background. You can get fancy water colors if you're interested in doing this at home, but the crayola ones work fine too. Using magazines donated to us by the physical therapy office (so I wouldn't have to take any of ours out of the collection), the teens then cut out images that appealed to them, in order to create collages on their pages.