Posts Tagged ‘Art’

“Megan lit up every room,” Maddie said, but expressing her creativity was when she truly shone. All of Megan Pizzitola’s girlfriends wore hot pink to her funeral. “She would have hated black,” one of her best friends, Maddie Freiberg said. And Maddie would know—they’d been friends since their freshman year of high school. Over the[…read more…]

“Children facing grief commonly experience “magical thinking,” that can impact them negatively.” When three year old Brian shut the door just as his older brother Luke’s head collided with the knob, he didn’t realize what the result would be. Shortly thereafter, Luke was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It wasn’t until after he died, three[…read more…]

When I was a teenager, I was predominantly consumed by my angst, journalling, pouting for no reason, and wishing I was already in college. Helping other kids didn’t enter my mind a whole lot. In other words, I was nothing like the kids profiled here. These three teenagers, Rachel, Celine, and Nolan, each organized events[…read more…]

Benefit Concert: By Kids, For Kids

February 16th, 2016.

Bollywood-style dance, an electric cello, and acoustic mash-ups were only a few of the surprises at the Overlake School Benefit Concert in January. Students at Overlake School showcased their special talents for their family, friends, and Art with Heart, having fun and raising proceeds in the process. This special event was actually put together by[…read more…]

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…]

It’s a natural instinct to protect your child. You want them to be as happy and healthy as possible, and you don’t want anything to threaten that. But things do happen. Little things, big things. And kids need to understand what happened before they can process what they are feeling and start to heal. Sarah,[…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…]

  At the end of 2015, we shared a post about remembering a lost loved one, and so to start off 2016, we want to share some special art projects you can do to celebrate yourself! You are entirely unique. There’s no one like you. And taking care of yourself is the most important thing[…read more…]

The holidays can be a time for celebration and laughter, full of family and friends and good food. But for many kids, it may be the first time they are decorating or opening presents without their loved one. Last week, Huffington Post published an article about the difficulties people can experience during the holidays. One man mentioned[…read more…]

Wildfires ravaged central Washington this summer, burning over 900,000 square miles of land and destroying 200 homes. While the entire community was reeling from the fallout, school counselors were working hard to support their students and help them heal. Kayla Helleson, Manson Elementary School counselor, who had attended a Chill & Spill training, knew about the power[…read more…]