Kathryn Martin

Kathryn Martin, MA
Art Therapist

Education: M.A.  Art Therapy, The George Washington University
B.A. Humanities, University of Colorado- Boulder.
Location: Lombardi Comprehensive Center, Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Clinic
Joined Tracy’s Kids:  September 2009-May 2010: Art Therapy Intern. May 2010: Full time Art Therapist
Artistic Interests: Fiber arts
Favorite Artists: Mark Rothko and Henri Matisse
Three words to describe me:  Thoughtful, open-minded, easy going
Favorite Places: Florence, Italy; Hilton Head, S.C.; my grandmother’s house
Reflection: The best part about working at Tracy’s Kids is seeing everyday how powerful the process of creating art is for children undergoing treatment. Even in the most trying of situations the creative process thrives. A great example is when I was working with a teenage patient who had continuously low platelet counts. This patient secluded himself in his room and it took a few months to get him to the art table. Eventually, with some coaxing, he decided to use clay to create a white sphinx-like creature, which he called “a platelet”. While the young patient did not talk a lot about his platelet this work was of great importance to him. The work was pivotal in getting him to accept his treatment and the periods of time he would have to spend at the clinic. Instead of hiding in his room he now plays with other patients, creates artwork and even bakes muffins for the staff!
A highlight or accomplishment in my work this year: Tracy and I ran a five week summer workshop for the patients and their siblings in July and August. The original plan was to take the kids outside and have them create artwork under a large tent. On one very sweltering workshop day we realized it was too hot to do art outside so we moved the workshop indoors- tent and all! As Tracy and I maneuvered tarp and poles in our little art space, the kids watched in wonderment as the tent rose to the ceiling, creating our special space. It wasn’t until midway through the workshop that Tracy and I learned from a very concerned looking hospital administrator that tents are not allowed inside the hospital! We were graciously allowed to leave it up for the rest of our session and the kids got a kick out of breaking the rules!