Flying Colours

  • Monash Children's Cancer Centre
  • 15 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017

The Flying Colours program is committed to supplying engaging creative art therapies that serve as an outlet for children’s spontaneous expression in a medical environment. The Art Cabriolet is eng...

Description

The Flying Colours program is committed to supplying engaging creative art therapies that serve as an outlet for children’s spontaneous expression in a medical environment. The Art Cabriolet is engages with children and adolescents at the Children's Cancer Centre at Monash Hospital. Often children experience a great deal of stress and anxiety during their cancer journey. Our program provides a fun and stimulating environment in which the clinical arena is transformed into a creative and fun space that provides much needed emotional release from hospital procedures.

Physical illness brings suffering not only in the body, but also in the mind and spirit. Creating art restores a sense of self and wholeness because the child experiences themselves as a creator within the treatment setting. This changes self-perception as they become active partners in the work of getting well, not just passive patients who can only take medicine and wait.

Flying Colours Program:

  • Creates a positive experience in an environment that is clinical and often intimidating.
  • Offers control in a limited setting and provides an outlet about their treatment and illness.
  • Encourages self-empowerment and self-esteem.
  • Gives the children/adolescents a sense of autonomy in expression.
  • Art making supports the child/adolescent to self-regulate their fear, discomfort and ambiguity around their illness.
  • The art space creates a common ground of relational support from peers.