Therapy through art was the theme of USAG Vicenza's Female 2 Female resiliency event July 16, when participants spent the evening creating art with a potter's wheel at the Arts and Crafts Center.
"With F2F we are trying to create opportunities for new and existing community members to learn about the resources our post has to offer," said F2F facilitator Mickie McNamara.
Michelle Sterkowicz, Arts and Crafts center manager, recently certified as an art therapist, gave a brief introduction and showed the group how to get started using the wheel.
"I don't ask questions, but try to lead people in the right direction," Sterkowicz said. "I want people to enjoy the process."
The group learned about "throwing" clay, literally throwing clay on the potter's wheel to begin building a piece, and "centering" in which the clay is placed in the exact center of the wheel.
Sterkowicz joked about throwing and forming the clay as being a great stress reliever.
"Let the wheel do the work," Sterkowicz said, as the novice potters set to work. "There is no bad piece for your first time."
The Arts and Crafts Center will continue to offer "Resiliency through Art" classes for adults on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. The first six classes are free of charge. For information call the Arts and Crafts Center at 0444-71-7074.
The next F2F event will be a Building Life Skills networking event July 25. Participants will learn about health and fitness, financial security and auto care. The event is free and open to the community.
The next resiliency event will feature ziplining July 27 in Asiago. Transportation will be provided, but the cost of the event will be ,25. Attendees should bring additional money for lunch. Participants should wear comfortable, athletic clothing and closed-toe shoes. The bus will leave Caserma Ederle at 9 a.m. and return at 4 p.m.
For information about F2F events call 0444-71-8525 or 0444-71-8828.