In this program, Meditative Art represents a tool to support mental health and wellbeing, by bringing one to the present moment, and practicing self-awareness, attentiveness, peacefulness, and quietness. It is used as a technique to connect to “within” or the “inner true self” in light of evolving life circumstances.
Did you know that current literature supports the use of art therapy for pregnant women? Practicing Art Therapy enables expecting parents to use expressive art for their wellbeing, in the anticipation that this coping mechanism will be carried over to the post-partum period and beyond (Wardi-Zonna, 2017).
The program features an integrated approach to art and self-expression, incorporating various forms of visual art including painting, sculpture, installation, collage and much more.
One of the major emphasis is placed on group work, highlighting the importance of knowledge/experience exchange and peer support.
Participants will also learn the history of different famous composers and artists of all times and develop an understanding of primary concepts of art-making and drawing, as well as learn beginner painting and visual art techniques.
Our instructor, Valeria Kuznetsova holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art and Architecture and has 20 years of experience in the field of expressive arts. Valeria specializes in private, school-based and group art lessons for children, families and expecting parents. In 2012, Valeria received a post-degree diploma in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and started to work with children with special needs. She has also received additional education in supporting people with the history of trauma by using principles and practices of art therapy and expressive arts. Valeria is involved in continuous professional development in the field of meditative art and attended multiple internationally recognized meditative art seminars.
In 2016, Valeria joined the team of Art at Heart non-profit organization which is dedicated to bringing the creative arts to hospital patients. One of her current work placements is at SickKids Hospital, where gives meditative art classes for young patients and provides the art workshops for the children with epilepsy disorder.
As an artist, Valeria works with different art media, but mostly with acrylic. Her works have been displayed in different art shows across the country. She also accomplished the Art Doll Making courses in various countries and currently gives art doll making classes.
Additional credentials include the knowledge of and experience in traditional iconography with the Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto, where she is committed to blending her fine art skills with the discipline and humble work of iconography.