Archive for the ‘Chill & Spill Book & Programs’ Category

Using Art to Find your Safe Place

February 2nd, 2016.

Most of the time, Dominic’s face appears angry, and he walks around with his jaw and fists clenched out of a seeming constant frustration with life. At just 16 years old, he has had a significantly traumatic life. At a very young age, he was required to work to help support his family, which severely limited his[…read more…]

While I was always well intentioned, my finished products during grade school art class never seemed to resemble what I had envisioned, and often even caused embarrassment in front of my more artistically inclined friends. Emerson said famously that “life is a journey, not a destination.” I think the same can be said for art,[…read more…]

Earlier this year a grant from the Loeb Family Charitable Foundation brought Art with Heart to the teen MAP program of Marysville, Washington’s YMCA. The Art with Heart group met weekly for 10 weeks with members who ranged from 15 to 18 years of age. The group faces a variety of emotional challenges, including some[…read more…]

Ryther, a Seattle-based leader in behavioral health services for children and their families, is dedicated to providing innovative, proven therapies that can help children and their parents realize better lives. With such a strong commitment to children, the organization is a great fit for Art with Heart programming. We have loved hosting our current Chill[…read more…]

Youth input is very important to us at Art with Heart. Though our tools may be delivered through counselors, teachers, or therapists, ultimately it’s children that we serve– so youth perception is crucial to the effectiveness of our work. Accordingly, we incorporate youth feedback in all of our books and curricula. We recently created an[…read more…]

This month Art with Heart visited Grief Place in Wenatchee, where our staff trained 28 school counselors and other youth-serving workers in bringing Chill & Spill to their community, which is traditionally underserved. The training was led by therapist Annie McCall, MA, LMHC, and Nancy Stillger, Art with Heart Programs Director. The attendees of the[…read more…]

Jessie is a bright tenth grade student who recently lost one of her best friends to an illness. Last year, Jessie was placed in her school’s Chill & Spill program because she was grieving as well as dealing with issues of low self-esteem and bullying. The weekly program consisted of just six other kids, but[…read more…]

On October 20 and 21, over 20 mental health professionals participated in Art with Heart’s Chill & Spill training. The 1.5 day training consisted of helpful activity walk-throughs, tips on best practices in engaging children, and lots of art! Trainees received hands-on experience in Chill & Spill activities and were given the opportunity to practice[…read more…]

For the 3rd summer, Art with Heart facilitated workshops at Neighborhood House Community Center. This time we focused on the therapeutic activity book Chill & Spill with an added graffiti twist! The group made several individual pieces inspired by Chill & Spill activities and also collaborated as a team to create a large group mandala.[…read more…]

Fifteen-year-old Alicia Day dreams of a house on the waterfront and a successful career as a veterinarian. With a family struggling to make ends meet, sometimes those dreams feel out of reach. As part of the Art with Heart program at a local community center, Alicia has been exploring Chill & Spill. She was touched most[…read more…]