Posts Tagged ‘Art Therapy’

When Kerri Steele and her children were grieving, a friend recommended Draw It Out to help the children remember their father and keep their memories close. When Kerri Steele and her children were grieving, a friend recommended Draw It Out to help the children remember their father and keep their memories close. Over time, she became the[…read more…]

The Pages We Love

November 28th, 2016.

All of my colleagues at Art with Heart are wonderfully creative people with big hearts for children. Each of us came to the organization with the desire to empower kids, and we’ve benefitted right alongside the young lives we’ve worked hard to improve. One of the ways our days are warmed through our work is by[…read more…]

Losing Lantu, Building Community

November 14th, 2016.

Imagine losing a friend as close as family. Not just any friend, but one who seemed capable of anything. A friend whose determination and spirit meant that nothing could hold her back. That’s the kind of friend—the kind of person—Lantu was. In Ethiopia, children with special needs can lose out: on parents, education, and community.[…read more…]

In the South Bronx, kids grow up fast. Jan Moskowitz, who counsels kids in this neighborhood, says that she sees kids who have witnessed violence and been in and out of shelters. They’ve been in foster care and seen family members incarcerated. “Their maturity level is way beyond their emotional development,” Jan says, and part[…read more…]

There are so many different types of supplies! It’s hard to know which materials are best for kids. We’ve found that by investing in quality products, children have a more positive experience making art, and they’re more likely to feel excited about the next project when they’re using good scissors or colored pencils whose tips don’t break[…read more…]

Last week, Art with Heart founder Steffanie Lorig and development manager Jake Abbott traveled to Richmond, Virginia to present at Grief Summit RVA, an event whose theme of self-care was focused on bereavement professionals. In her breakout session, Steffanie discussed the value of using creativity to help children facing loss. Mounting evidence from associations such[…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…]

“Just you wait until kids are given tools to engage their suffering in positive ways. Just you wait until kids experience the healing that comes with creative self-expression. Just you wait to see a world where all kids who have experienced trauma can turn their pain into possibility!” Those were the words spoken by JJ[…read more…]

On July 31, Art with Heart staff trained 25 therapists from four Sound Mental Health locations in King County in using the Draw It Out books and curriculum. They learned how to use the books, how to engage kids in a Draw It Out group, and received time to make some hands-on projects. The participants[…read more…]

Art with Heart’s Draw it Out was designed to help children facing grief and loss. For Emily, whose mom passed away, the therapeutic activities in Draw it Out allowed her to feel happy after tragedy. This tool helps therapists, school counselors, and parents alike address serious issues like childhood bereavement, loss of a pet or friend, a move[…read more…]