WELLNESS PROGRAMMES FOR SCHOOLS
The Q&A format of talking therapy can provoke anxiety in a child. Children with difficult upbringings may have been told by adults to censor what they say. In art therapy, they can communicate their story without the verbal ‘telling’, which can feel safer.
Art therapy provides children and young people with a simpler and more direct way to express themselves than talking therapy alone. Art may also be more attractive to them inherently as colours and drawing is usually any kid’s favourite pastime.
Why art therapy for kids?
Art therapy is a more age-appropriate form of aiding children since it is the artwork that starts the conversation between the child and the therapist. What a child is experiencing will quite naturally become evident in the art they create, as their artwork directly connects to their underlying thoughts and feelings. This puts the child in control and allows the therapy to develop at a pace that is tolerable to them, so that they don’t feel too intimidated.
Why choose our program?
Alternative education like art education in the early years is needed to facilitate life skills, social-emotional learning, and creative and critical thinking. Worsening the situation, there is a general lack of willingness and commitment to alternative education from various stakeholders involved in a child's life. Plus, the lack of a safe space (both mental and physical) for self-expression and socio-emotional growth results in the children forming rigid ideologies which adversely affects their behaviour and decision making in the long run.
Even though art education is compulsory up to 8th grade in the Maharashtra State Board curriculum, it is often neglected in low-income schools, and in non-mandated states. The limited resources available are diverted to core subjects like math and science.
Our program enables children to get in touch with their inner selves and work on their emotional limitations that may bring up and help us solve issues that might be hidden at the time. This helps them to be a more stable individual later on. Emotionally stable individuals are always more confident in life.
Solution - Voice Guides
Art Therapy Centers
Care and counseling for caregivers
Substitute to meditation
Students were introduced to the work of British artist Damien Hirst. The activity began with children crumpling paper for 15 minutes. A group of 4 children was formed and each group was given 3 different paint colours. One group worked on one art sheet using crumpled paper balls and paint to draw colour dots onto the paper by 'dip and stamp' technique.16