Marywood University, in partnership with the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, will host Virtual Creative Expression Labs for grades K-6. The labs will be held on Saturday afternoons, on October 10, 17, 24, and 31, and on November 7, 14, and 21, 2020. Studio sessions will be held for K-3 artists, from 1-2:30 p.m., and for artists in grades 4-6, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Registration and costs can be found at everhart-museum.org/childrens-programs/.
The Creative Expression Lab will be hosted by Ashley Hartman, Ph.D., assistant professor of art therapy at Marywood University, a board-credentialed art therapist (ATR-BC), and licensed professional counselor (LPC). Art therapists and students from Marywood’s art therapy program will participate in developing and co-facilitating the Creative Expression Lab Studio Sessions.
The Creative Expression Lab is an inspiring space for K-6 artists to express creativity and imagination, and to explore social and emotional growth. The program will provide a space to express autonomy and independence and to practice active decision-making. Weekly themes will integrate social and emotional concepts such as empathy, respect, understanding one’s emotions, and developing skills for positive social interactions. Participating artists will benefit from the educational and cultural resources offered through the museum as well as the opportunity to focus on each artist’s personal creativity and self-expression.
In connection to the Eyes on America exhibition, virtual resources will be provided to each artist. Artists will have access to art materials kits that will be provided with each weekly thematic focus, weekly process art videos, and social and emotional themed resources for parents and caregivers. Additionally, artists will have the option to participate in creative expressive art studio sessions.
For additional information about the Creative Expression Lab, please visit everhart-museum.org/childrens-programs/. For more information about Marywood University’s Art Therapy department, please visit marywood.edu/art/undergraduate-programs/art-therapy.html, or call the office of admissions, at (570) 348-6234.