We sat down with one of our teachers to discuss anything and everything Youth Art For Healing.
Painting calm nature scenes, landscapes, waterscapes and wildlife, 35 Garrett Park Elementary School students enjoyed participating in their 2015 - 2016 Youth Art For Healing project. The final pieces brighten up west hallways at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. See the student's sketches below.
Students at Charles H. Flowers High School were inspired when creating their Youth Art For Healing 2015-2016 project. 12 students created 17 paintings for installation in reception areas, hallways and conference rooms in the Family Health and Wellness Center at Prince George's Hospital Center. Here's what art department faculty had to say about the process upon completion:
"When the idea of Youth Art For Healing was presented to us, we thought it was a great opportunity to involve ourselves in the community. We never could have imagined how much our students could get from this process or the impact it would have on them throughout the school year."
"Creating these paintings started like any school project - brainstorming and discussing concepts..Once students reached the point of actually painting, everyone froze!...they were creating paintings with a purpose. They felt scared to make a mistake, but excited about what their paintings could be. With encouragement from their peers and staff, slowly paintings started to take shape...They had group discussions about how the paintings would make them feel if they were in the office viewing it...They learned about composition, color theory, painting techniques, and working with a client...They used multiple strategies to deal with their frustrations, and they were able to move forward step by step to reach their goals. This is an experience they will carry with them for many years to come."
And here's a glimpse at some of the students' completed paintings:
12 students from Damascus High School created soothing park, nature trail and garden scenes through their 2015-2016 Youth Art For Healing project. These 12 paintings are now providing comfort in hallways and 3rd floor atriums at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here's what Damascus Art teacher Gretchen Goldsmith says about the program:
"Youth Art For Healing (YAFH) has won me over, heart, body & soul as an Art Educator & Artist because during YAFH projects, we are dedicated to creating art as a vehicle for positive change, happiness and wellbeing for all involved parties. I readily see a marked change within myself and my students through our participation with YAFH projects. Our shared time together, many late afternoons in most cases, lends itself to special, personal conversations and at times silliness which gives birth to new inter-personal relationships based on our shared YAFH experiences. YAFH opportunities are so dearly loved by students, they begin asking in August for our next assignment."
See students and their completed pieces, ready for delivery to MedStar NRH for installation.
This year, art students at Albert Einstein High School worked on two Youth Art For Healing projects. 22 students created 12 fruit and vegetable paintings to brighten MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital’sdining room. And 22 students created five sunflower and meadow scenes for Suburban Hospital’s waiting room. #ArtHeals#ArtsinHealthcare#YAFHStudentArt
- Holy Cross Hospital
- MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital - Olney Campus Outpatient Clinic
- Walter Reed Fisher House at Forest Glen Annex
- Suburban Hospital
- MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
- MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
- Children’s National Health System
- Prince George’s Hospital Center
- Doctors Community Hospital
Montgomery County Public Schools:
- Albert Einstein High School
- Carderock Springs Elementary School
- Damascus High School
- Garrett Park Elementary School
- Montgomery Blair High School
- Parkland Middle School
- Poolesville High School
- Richard Montgomery High School
- Rosa Parks Middle School
- Walt Whitman High School
- Watkins Mill High School
- Wheaton High School
- Winston Churchill High School
Prince George’s County Public Schools:
- Charles Herbert Flowers High School
- Gwynn Park High School
- Northwestern High School
- Oxon Hill High School
DC Public Schools:
- Ballou High School
- The School Without Walls
Walt Whitman High School students participated in a special Youth Art For Healing project for the Fisher House at Andrews Air Force Base. The students’ twenty beautiful paintings in memory of Matthew Papirmeister, cherished son of Jan and Chuck, and big brother to Sara, reflect the life of Matt and his family.
Rosa Parks Middle School students created twenty-five happy, animated marine themed ceiling tiles for the hallway in Holy Cross Hospital's Pediatric Center, to bring smiles and comfort to the young patients, their families and the pediatric staff.
Montgomery Blair High School students participated in two projects for MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Students created vibrant ‘things that fly’ themed paintings for the Intermediate Care Unit, and color photographs and large paintings of nature scenes for the ICU Bridge Area. For the waiting area by an elevator connecting to Physicians’ Offices for Cardiology and Maternal Newborn, students created a beautiful large painting and black & white photographs of inter-generational images.
Neelsville Middle School students created vibrant and whimsical marine themed ceiling tiles and paintings for the Pediatric Emergency Department in MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.
Students from Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School participated in a Youth Art For Healing project for the National Rehabilitation Hospital. The students created 22 beautiful paintings of nature scenes that will soon be installed in patients’ rooms.