Workshop combines fine arts with self-esteem

Jodi Schellenberg
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A combination of fine arts and activities will teach girls about self-esteem.

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Reflections -- Workshops for Girls will be hosting a mother/daughter workshop for eight to 12 year olds on May 10 at the John M. Cuelenaere Library.

“All of our workshops are based around the fine arts so we usually try to focus on youth but this focuses on mothers and daughters and how mothers can communicate with their daughters about self-esteem and the influence they have on them,” founder Natalia McGill said.

The workshop will start off with 45-minute fine arts classes consisting of dance, drama, voice and arts in the morning.

After the morning session, mothers are invited to a lunch reception, where their daughters can show off the skills they worked on in the morning, McGill said.

After the reception, the self-esteem workshops start, with games and activities teaching the participants about self-esteem and self-image.

“We just talk about communication and self image and about how they can talk about self-esteem a little more,” McGill said. “We give them activities so they can learn how to communicate but in still fun and positive ways.”

McGill said they decided to host a mother/daughter workshop for a couple of different reasons.

“I think a lot of self-esteem comes from how you grow up and I think a lot of girls that do have a mother figure they look up to,” McGill said. “A lot of their self esteem can be derived from that mother figure.

“I think a lot of mothers find it difficult to communicate self-esteem and self-image, to really talk about what it is and how to deal with it,” she added.

The other reason is to tie a workshop in with Mother’s Day, she said.

“It is before Mother’s Day, so I thought it is kind of cool because it is like a Mother’s Day mother/daughter workshop,” McGill said.

This will be the second workshop Reflections has put on. The first workshop was a test run to see if the idea would work and how people responded to it, McGill said.

“It went really well -- all the girls responded really well to all the activities and they actually understood what was going on,” McGill said. “They understood what self-esteem and self-image were.”

The first workshop was an eight-hour one, based completely around fine arts, she said.

“They really understood how to take self-awareness and apply it to the fine arts,” McGill said. “They really comprehended the activities, they participated in the discussions a lot and it was really good.”

McGill said they hope to bring the workshops around to schools in May, to discuss self-esteem with students.

Those interested in the workshop can register online at The cost is $20 for a mother and daughter, plus an additional $5 for any other daughters attending.

Anyone with questions about the workshop can email McGill at or call her at 306-981-2229.

Organizations: John M. Cuelenaere Library

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