Foster Families connect through Art in Newry Studio Twenty Three30th May 2022
Thirty one children from local foster families recently attended a mini art gallery showing at Studio Twenty Three in Newry to show off the wonderful artwork they created as part of an art course aimed at creating positive memories and attachment experiences for families who foster.
The initiative enabled the children and young people to express themselves freely through art, discover various art techniques to broaden their skills, to experiment, and have lots of fun!
Melanie Coffey, Senior Manager in Fostering and Adoption said: “It is important to acknowledge the fantastic role that our foster carers currently play and support them in this role. This course allowed us to create fun, family experiences with foster families within their own home as the course was online and the art materials were delivered to the homes of carers.”
Frankie Bannon, CEO of Studio Twenty Three who took the online courses, spoke about the success of the event and what skills the children had gained from the sessions: “It was really good, the kids absolutely loved it! After the weeks, the children had learnt 3 different techniques. This included painting on canvas, ceramics, and they also did acrylics pour which is like a fluid abstract art. The children found it very inclusive as they joined in online with their families over the 3 weeks.”
One parent stated: “My daughter said she enjoyed the art so much, it was fun and exciting – she loved it!” Another parent added: ” These art sessions have given my son so much confidence and the exhibition made him feel that his work is so valued by others and put on display. It is just marvellous! This is exactly what all children need!”
Frankie added: “When children create art, it helps with communication skills, and it also develops their sense of self-expression. It also gives them an outlet to express themselves without fear of ‘doing it wrong’.”