Art and health
10th October 2018
Borstal School and Women’s Prison (Name undisclosed)
To mark World Mental Health Day, TAOS conducted art therapy session at the Borstal School and Women’s prison, guided by Art therapist Meghna Girish. The purpose of the Session was to instill a sense of belongingness and to incorporate individual work into a group work setting.
As an ice breaker, the participants were asked to pick a crayon and scribble on the paper and to see what came out of their scribbling. They then formed small groups and work on a chart paper with crayons, origami paper and gum. Then they were asked to name their art work and give a brief on it.
The group activity allowed space for social skills, while being able to put an individual mark on it.
August 20, 2018
St.Antony’s Higher Secondary School, Kacheripady
As a part of TAOS’s contribution to flood relief work, members visited the relief camp at St. Antony’s school in Kacheripady, Kochi. The purpose of the visit was to help victims deal with the trauma and stress created by the flood.
Ms. Reena Sebastian, TAOS member, had prepared a schedule which was effectively implemented among the women and children at the relief centre, by TAOS volunteers. A presentation of the motivational story “Pishi Caught in a Storm” stirred up participation among the children. Creating a model of the “Tree of life” helped the adult participants to perceive the value of their life.
July 26, 2018
Prison Workshop (name undisclosed)
In collaboration with the Centre for Constitutional Rights, Research and Advocacy (CCRRA), TAOS organized a fabric collage workshop for inmates of a correctional facility in Cochin.
Vagaram Choudhary, a Rajasthan based visual artist and Natallia Bahuschevich, a Belarusian painter and sculptor guided the workshop.
Initially, the participants made drawings on paper related to different topics like freedom, love, God etc. These images were then copied onto pieces of fabric and finally the pieces of fabric were placed together and transformed into an image of an elephant.
The participants showcased their creative skills and came up with an amazing piece of transformative art.
TAOS facilitated an art therapy session with 16 women from Udaya Colony in Kochi. The group comprised of women aged 25 to 45 working as refuse collectors with Kochi corporation on sub-contracting basis. The group identity depicted several apparent layers of marginalisation beginning from gender to caste, class and religious identity. To represent and express about themselves, the women depicted ones’s body on paper and used varied colours.
Ragini (name changed), a widow was emotional while depicting her body on paper, she shared that her children giver her happiness while the body longs for her lost husband. Rekha (name changed) introduced the issue of domestic violence through her art work, she said “…I am using red in this part of the body because red is the colour of blood, I want blood to flow in my body.”
April 10, 2018
Art for emotional healing – At a prison (Name undisclosed)
The art workshop for women prisoners at a prison was conducted from 10:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Edmundo Dos Santos, SOI member, worked on emotional expression with students of St Joseph’s School, Kumbalangi. A circle “of the self” was drawn and filled with figures representing emotions. Following this, the children connected their circles to each other’s , creating a sense of togetherness and community.
This was followed by an excercise of finger painting to connect colours to emotions.
Art Therapist Edmundo Dos Santos from Barcelona, Spain works at Aster Hospital to help children with cancer. Using art materials and objects used to treat cancer patients (tubes, syringes etc), Santos works with children to help find emotional healing.This project is in collaboration with SOI.
3rd, 4th December 2016
Women Empowerment Workshop with SOI member Edmundo Santos
The day and a half workshop designed specifically to help women unlock their creative powers and become more self-sufficient saw great change and empowerment in them. The workshop involved symbolic understanding of a woman’s life in terms of relationships, desires and needs. Letting go of negatives to a more happy and secure life were the core points of the workshop. Edmundo used art and creative movement for the process.
Workshop and Presentation at Gems International School
TAOS, along with Artist Edmundo, organised an introductory workshop at Gems International School on November 14. The event revolved around understanding relationships, expression and the concept of free thinking.
Edmundo asked the students and teachers to sit in groups and together, draw a concept they decided. Using this concept, they expressed an emotion connected to it and put up a mini- theatrical presentation.
For his presentation for the teachers, Edmundo explained how he helps teachers understand themselves and the children they deal with. This introduction to his work aimed to help educators understand how art expressive therapy can help them perform better.
20th, 21st September 2016
Creative Movement Therapy
Volunteer Susheela Pai worked with the (slum) children of Udhaya Colony in Kochi, to help them find emotional healing through movement. A trained classical dancer and creative movement therapist, Susheela spend the first workshop in ice- breaking exercises to help the participants ( aged 12 and up) to feel comfortable with the group and to get in touch with their emotions. The second day of the workshop saw therapy where participants had to use body movements followed by hand movements. Divided into groups, these children learnt how to express their emotions through movement to each other and by themselves (emotions such as anger, hate, happiness, joy).
The Art Expressive Therapy Workshop in collaboration with Street Heroes of India (SOI)
Andrea Tabernero used visual art to help participants get in touch with their true self. With details of a psychological framework made by clinical psychologist Saisha Partiman, Tabernero devised methods for participants to express their emotions in a gradual wave- from their negative emotions that helped understand the root of their trauma and pain which and later, the positive emotions. This workshop aimed to enable individuals to heal past experiences that have hindered them from leading fulfilling lives and realize the real focus of their emotions.