Corvara's Skicarosello Consortium has joined Impresa Buona to carry out an Art therapy project by the Seraphic Institute of Assisi, demonstrating its interest in creativity as the driving force of human expressiveness, innovation, and self-improvement.
This Christmas, Corvara's Skicarosello Consortium has decided to bring a smile to the faces of children at the Seraphic Institute of Assisi, donating € 8.00 for each Christmas postcard sent.
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Thanks to art therapy, the children of the Seraphic Institute learn how to grasp and interpret reality through the most diverse artistic techniques. But above all.... they enjoy the opportunity to express themselves.
Activities follow a weekly programme divided into individual and small-group lessons, depending on individual needs and possibilities.
Each child is assigned an educational and rehabilitative path with specific activities and goals. The operator follows all processes, building a personal relationship of trust with the child, an educational strategy that covers reassurance, rewards, small awards and, of course, affection.
BENEFITS OF ART THERAPY
Pictorial and artistic activities produce several psychological, physical, motor, and emotional benefits. Improve spatial orientation, independence, coordination, and relationship with others.
They offer different sensory sensations and expressive abilities of observation, manipulation, and communication. By taking many small steps every day, our children increase their self-esteem and thus dare to dive and participate in reality in a more conscious way.
Art makes it possible to "see" and "express" much more than words do. Art incorporates ideas, feelings, dreams, aspirations; narrates and conveys a wide range of emotions. In this sense, art serves as a means of understanding, of attribution of meaning to clarify inner experiences without words, which are often insufficient or completely lacking in these patients.
We have three spaces reserved for Art therapy works:
Each room is spacious and bright, with specific features that allow children to distinguish them easily and independently. The material for each individual activity is arranged in different cabinets equipped with indicators for tactile recognition.
The pictorial graphic workshop, dedicated to drawing and painting with different techniques and with different tools, also adapted for people with serious disabilities.
The ceramic workshop, where we make small objects by manipulating clay.
The craft workshop, devoted to the construction of objects made with several materials (cork, felt, recycled paper, etc.)
The story of an experience
Giuseppe and his art
From the first art therapy session, Giuseppe appears very intrigued by the new environment; he carefully explores available materials and spontaneously moves towards and touches them; the trick lies in drawing his attention with different techniques and accompanying him in their discovery, as well as in different applications (tempera, watercolours, oil colours) to identify his preferred expressive means. He gladly accepts the collaboration but still appears rigid and restrained; thus, we propose several activities that favour the loss of control: toppling, spraying, crushing, crumpling, tearing, and smearing huge sheets placed on the ground and on the wall, by dipping large brushes in tempera coloured buckets and splashing the media.
With these activities, he progressively abandons his initial inhibition and frees himself to become more and more independent, demonstrating great enthusiasm. All of a sudden, he begins to take oil pastels and draws the first recognisable forms: two big eyes with long blue lashes. He seems extremely satisfied with his work. Thereafter, he will execute a very long series of drawings revolving around the eyes and their transformation into sun-stars-hands-face-tree-person.
Moving forward in time, Giuseppe alternated moments of absolute dependence on educators with others of total autonomy, which he gained thanks to the path we implemented.