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Creative Processing for Families: Impermanence

Creative Processing is a series for families to reflect together on big (and sometimes tough) ideas about the world and ourselves through art. Virtual workshops include guided group conversations about works of art from the NCMA collection and hands-on art-making projects with a focus on process and exploration.

Impermanence can be hard to accept. When changes happen—like friends moving away, growing and getting older, saying goodbye to old routines—how do you reflect on their meaning? Explore ways to find beauty in the temporary by discussing Traces of Nature XXIII by Maria Martínez-Cañas. Participants will also have time for a guided exploration of art-making processes to create their own sun prints inspired by this piece.

The program is free, but space is limited. The first 20 participants can choose to receive a special kit of art materials. Reserve a spot for this session by visiting the ticketing link. Questions? Email

About the instructor

Natalia Torres del Valle, LCMHCA, is an expressive arts psychotherapist passionate about helping children find meaningful ways of communicating beyond words. In addition to many years of teaching at the Museum, she has a BS in elementary education and ESL education and an MA in clinical mental health.

Maria Martínez-Cañas, Traces of Nature XXIII, 1999, Unique Diazo print, 42 × 30 in., Gift of Allen G. Thomas Jr.


Aug 08, 2021


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Free; registration required
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm

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