‘Snow’vember Happenings

This month, we had a first for Open Doors–a snow day! And in November, no less! Amidst the unpredictable Michigan weather, however, our teens have still found time for some fun, hands on learning. Check it out below:

Our teen members enjoy the homey feel to our space.
Our teen members enjoying the homey feel to our space.
The duct tape class is creating a homemade hammock--made entirely out of duct tape!
The duct tape class is creating a homemade hammock–made entirely out of duct tape!
The artist and his work: a fun, one-of-a-kind centerpiece!
The artist and his work: a fun, one-of-a-kind centerpiece made by one of our members!
Another view of the centerpiece. Isn't it great?
Another view of the centerpiece. Isn’t it great?
One of the classes offered at Open Doors is Zentangle, a relaxing and meditative form of art.
One of the classes offered at Open Doors is Zentangle, a relaxing and meditative form of art.
Our members are the greatest!
Our members are the greatest!
The finishing touches on the duct tape hammock!
Time for the finishing touches on the duct tape hammock!
Madison and the interns hard at work! Who needs a desk, anyway?
Madison and the interns hard at work. Who needs a desk, anyway?
Fun with light and shadows.
Fun with light and shadows.

As always, if you would like to see more, please join us at one of our open houses, held the second Monday of every month. Or contact a staff member. Or simply stop by. We would love to share what we’re doing with you and your teen!

This post is part of our “Your Life – Your Learning!” series, designed to help the Grand Rapids community rethink teen learning, and brought to you with support from the Wege Foundation.

An Ode to the Handy Person’s Secret Weapon

As nearly everyone knows, duct tape is like a secret weapon when you’re trying to fix things.  It’s also becoming the medium of choice for many artists and crafty types.

“I don’t believe in a lot of things, but I do believe in duct tape. — Miles Straume on LOST

“Duct tape is like The Force: it has a light side and a dark side and it binds the galaxy together.” — Carl Zwanzig

“Man, I love duct tape. I love how it tapes. I love the sound it makes. I love saying it. Duct tape. Duct tape. Duct tape. Duct tape. Duct tape. Duct tape…” — Deadpool

When one of our new members came in with a set of duct tape armor she had made herself, we loved her creativity and independence.

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Everyone had to get in on the duct-tape-armor action:

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Gotta see for yourself how we create such a safe space for teens to explore and be all of who they are?  Give us a call or come to an event.  (Bring your own duct tape!)

 

Folded Paper Beauty

One of our members at Open Doors makes beautiful folded paper art.  It’s pretty fun to wander by her work space and see what she’s up to — if she has a moment, she may be inclined to show you several other beautiful and whimsical things on Tumblr and other sites.  Here are two of her works:

Grace folded paper Grace hummingbird

See more on her blog.  Open Doors is pleased to be a landing space for all kinds of teens, including those with a sensitive eye for the beauty in the world.