Creativity is a fundamental part of human experience, while engagement with the arts can inspire us to reflect on the meaning and purpose of our lives. In a therapeutic context, creative arts processes can also support people to access, process and integrate challenging emotions and experiences, including traumatic events.
The Variety Creative Arts Program is underpinned by our goal for children to feel safe, heard and understood. We believe that creative arts and play therapies are a powerful way for children to explore, express and make sense of their world as well as to experience joy and wonderment. By offering a developmentally appropriate therapeutic approach, we can provide more effective support for children who may be recovering from adverse life experiences.
The program will be delivered as small-group workshops within a safe and welcoming environment, facilitated by a qualified creative arts therapist. These workshops will offer children a creative means for self-expression that supports their emotional well-being and development.
“This opportunity has allowed students ‘time out’ from the frantic pace of the classroom. The small group setting has allowed students to let down their gate and create a safe and happy place to be. They have enjoyed the interactive nature of the sessions.” Carolyn Murray – Principal
“Some students seemed relaxed and open during our discussions and one student who rarely speaks was able to really articulate how much he enjoyed the program. I find this has been a valuable experience for me as well, as our school foci are student wellbeing and student voice.” Leeanne Clifford – S. Support Teacher
“I like how some of the kids that probably wouldn’t tell you how they’re feeling on paper just did it straight away. They weren’t embarrassed, they could say ‘this is how I feel when I’m sad’ without being picked on or laughed at. So that worked really well. The boys who I thought might be a bit hesitant about some of the activities just jumped straight in without a worry.” Adam – Teachers’ Aide
To learn more about bringing the Variety Creative Arts Program to your school get in touch via [email protected]