Introductory Session Starts on January 18, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Contact Art of Life Community Health Centre to reserve your spot (416) 449-6747

Location: 885 Don Mills Rd. Suite 121, Toronto, ON, M3C 1V9

The number of participants in the group: Each program cycle will have 10-12 participants.

About the Program

This Meditative Art program is based on the integration of great compositions of visual art and classical music and focuses on the inner state of the artist, in view of the significance of developing strong and meaningful relationships between the future parent and the expected child.

The program is guided by the principles of Art Therapy, recognized for its effectiveness in improving coping skills, mood regulation, stress reduction, decreased anxiety, improvement of quality of life and self-esteem (Uttley L., Scope A., Stevenson M., et al., 2015).

This program was specifically created for the expecting parents or people who are actively trying to conceive and is based on building awareness about the importance of and challenges in adjusting to the emerging role of a parent in the context of creating/evolving strong connections with inner self, within the family unit, and between the family and society.

Why meditative art?

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 objectives of the program

  • Through the means of meditative art, participants will start building strong and meaningful inner connections with the child and partner, within the family and outside of the family, with the goal of embracing these relationships on a deeper level after the birth of the baby and for years to come.
  • Participants will develop/enhance self-awareness, attentiveness, peacefulness, and quietness.
  • The facilitators of the program will enable a peer-building and collaborative environment, where participants will support each other during their journey through pregnancy within and outside of the program, as well as after the completion of the program.
  • Participants will experience the realization of their inner creative potential through participation in this program.
  • With the means of meditative art therapy and group/peer support, expecting parents will develop strong stress coping and mood regulation skills, which will help them to become parents they always wanted to be.

How the Program is Conducted

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.

Instructor’s Bio

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.

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Contact Details

885 Don Mills Road, Suite 121,
Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1V9

Email: office@theartlife.ca
Phone: 416 449-6747

Business Hours

Business Hours:
Mon-Fri 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Sat 09:00 am-4:00 pm
Sun Closed

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