With a little help from your Peeps!

We didn’t win the Washington Post Magazine’s Peeps contest, but the Kids’ Post Pullout in the March 31 Sunday Style Section is about kids entering the Peeps Contest. They included a great picture  and a caption about our entry, along with some other awesome  kids’ Peeps creations.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/peeps-dioramas-created-by-kids/2013/03/27/7f10f8b8-955e-11e2-b6f0-a5150a247b6a_gallery.html#photo=15

Thanks, Washington Post!

Our Peeps Contest Entry

Our Peeps Contest Entry

Superheroes at Work!

The Hope for Henry Superhero Celebration yesterday at Georgetown was a grand success—thank-you Hope for Henry Foundation!

I wanted to share a charming photo of some kids working in the art area after the party. Batman had sped off in the Batmobile, Spiderman, Supergirl, the Face Painters, Caricature Artists and Green Screen photographers all packed up. But there were still doctors to see and medicines to be administered, so it was back to business in the clinic—but with an extra dose of Superhero magic!

Back to clinic for young superheroes!

Back to clinic for young superheroes!

And here’s a link to a local news story about the event:

http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/251644/158/Superheroes-Spread-Smiles-At-Georgetown-Univ-Hospital

 

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

 In the last month a couple of patients have come into the clinic wanting to make paper airplanes and boats. Using common materials, the patients become sophisticated engineers as they create planes they hope will successfully soar across the clinic and boats that will float in our sink.  Our role as art therapists is to play safety crew making sure the path is clear before take- off and landing!

Ready for take-off

Ready for take-off

 The goal first and foremost is- does the plane fly? Does the boat float?  Sometimes hours are spent just perfecting the design through trial and error. The process of refining the design, changing materials and sometimes starting all over again offers an opportunity for kids to learn resilience and gain confidence.  

Floating the boat

Floating the boat

Making airplanes and boats also allows patients to think about travel and where they might go if their creations could carry them there. Describing the journey, the destination, what and who they would bring with them provides valuable insight into the inner world of the child. For the patient, exploring where they might go helps them imagine a place outside of the hospital and gives voice to the curiosity that most kids have about the world.

Paper airplanes also have a contagious quality. Often, when one person in the art area is creating a paper airplane others come over to join in. As patients share the art table, folding paper airplanes together, friendships can take root.  This is especially valuable for the patients who cannot go to school due to their treatment.  

 paper planes

The Show, Part 2!

An unexpected opportunity arose late last week when there was a sudden opening in the Lombardi Atrium Gallery schedule. Arts and Humanities Director Nancy Morgan invited us to put up work by the kids–and we had just taken down our show at Carroll Square, so the timing was perfect!

There wasm’t room for everything–no sculptures and only some of the flat work–but it’s a great opportunity to enjoy our kids’ thoughtfulness and creativity a little longer! Please enjoy the photos of the gallery below:

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Beautiful colors by kids from three of our programs

Beautiful colors by kids from three of our programs

Landscapes

Landscapes

Poems, stories, and play on reflection and symmetry

Poems, stories, and play on reflection and symmetry

Very fine drawings!

Very fine drawings!

Thoughts about faces by kids of all ages

Thoughts about faces by kids of all ages

Painted thoughts

Painted thoughts

Community treehouse from CCBD-NoVa clinic!

Community treehouse from CCBD-NoVa clinic!

Beautiful reflections on treatment by a young adult patient

Beautiful reflections on treatment by a young adult patient

Tracy's Kids at Lombardi 2013

Tracy’s Kids at Lombardi 2013