Posts Tagged ‘Draw It Out’

 A serendipitous stroke of the keys and a slew of heartfelt reviews from our community drew Jessica to try Art with Heart’s therapeutic activity books When Jessica Matala moved from a community agency to a private psychology practice in West Virginia, she sought new materials to use with the children she served. A serendipitous stroke[…read more…]

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…]

Art with Heart Program FAQs

February 6th, 2017.

Are you starting an Art with Heart program at your organization? Or running into some questions as you get your program going? We recommend that you purchase a Leader’s Companion if you don’t have one already, but we also hope that this FAQ can help you move things along. Have a question we haven’t addressed[…read more…]

Using Art to Find the Words

January 30th, 2017.

Silence doesn’t always mean an unwillingness to communicate. Silence can also mean the inability to discuss what weighs us down. The classroom is extra quiet as students fidget back and forth looking at each other. Bright eyes fill with excitement and curiosity as they scan the page filled with intricate illustrations on their desks. The[…read more…]

Children at Van Asselt gravitated toward him and readily shared experiences and emotions. When we met David Henning last winter, we knew he was something special. His easy rapport with children and enthusiasm always left us smiling, and we weren’t alone. Children at Van Asselt gravitated toward him and readily shared experiences and emotions. Last[…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…]

Big emotions come in small packages; anyone who knows a toddler can attest to that. This fall, when I brought my daughter Lucy to preschool, I noticed a chart posted just inside the door: four rectangles in basic colors were captioned with “How Am I Feeling?” What I didn’t realize was that this would become one[…read more…]

Stones for Peace at Navos

December 12th, 2016.

When Sally, one of Art with Heart’s program coordinators, tells people she’s running a program at Navos Behavioral Health, she says that she watches their eyes go big, or their eyebrows fly up in surprise. She says that they comment about how difficult that must be. It’s easy to understand why people might respond this[…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…]