About ART THERAPY
Art Therapy can help children relieve stress, increase awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Children of all ages can benefit from art therapy. Programs are developed around children's developmental strengths and abilities. These new coping skills will help children manage future challenges. Children will be encouraged to explore new strategies around negative behaviours, creative ways to be productive and manage stress and anxiety.
ABOUT PICASSO’S GARAGE
Located in Davisville Village, PICASSO’S GARAGE has inspired creative expression since 2005. In 2014, PICASSO’S GARAGE, swapped its urban digs for the beautiful ravine setting, and larger venue at Evergreen Brick Works offering Summer Art Camp every year since. PICASSO’S GARAGE, was selected as one of the Best Summer Day Camps in Toronto by the editors of SavvyMom.ca. In 2016, Toronto Life Magazine listed the art camp in the “Top 5 things to do with Kids” and listed in the Studio as “Best of the ‘hood” in the City’s Top 300 in 2014.
IN-SCHOOLS: Traditional Art Based Programs:
Art programs are tailored to a variety of skill levels and expose children to myriad materials and techniques including watercolour, pastel, printmaking, sculpture, sketching and more. Most projects examin the works and styles of a historic or modern-day master including Emily Carr, Wassily Kandinsky, Maude Lewis, Georgia O'Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Vincent Van Gogh, among others.
A BIT OF ART HISTORY
I have had great success with my approach using historic and modern day masters as a source of inspiration for the weekly art projects. In fact, this has been a model used in senior programs for decades... and is how I was trained in High school and as a commercial artist at University.
The skills I have garnered throughout my 12 years as an art instructor and studio owner are a great asset in the execution of in-school programs. I am familiar with structuring and facilitating art based groups to a variety of ages using a variety of materials.
IN-SCHOOLS: Therapeutic Art Based Programs:
Improving resilience in your student body will help students deal with adversity and manage better in the classroom. By helping children to find positive ways to express themselves, teaching and practicing skills of empathy, acknowledging and managing stress, problem-solving and helping students identify when they need to seek help or appropriate options for support, will better equip them to manage stressors, resulting in a more capable student in the classroom environment. I have created a PREVENTION MODEL designed to improved resilency in children by building social and emotional coping skills through targeted art-based programs relating to typical age dependant developmental markers. Art directives are designed to assist children with generic and developmental issues an example would be; labelling feelings, giving images and words to feelings which would play a role in the understanding and incorporating of these feelings. Educational characteristics of the would include imparting information to help children acquire new skills.
I am currently executing a customized program at Kingsway College School (KCS) to the entire student body Grade1-Grade 8 and look forward to sharing the experience through a case study upon completion. Highlights of the program have included a superhero themed program for grades 4 & 5 that works to explore students personal strengths, and managing conflicts. Grades 1s have enjoyed an emoji themed program targeted at helping them identify feelings and explore personal ways to improve mood when upset or feeling bad.