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Cancer Support -- Virtual Art Therapy Workshops

Join us at for monthly workshops co-facilitated by art therapists, Cindy Gordon and Tamara Schardt, who will help those affected by cancer (patients, caregivers, and family members) discover the therapeutic benefits of self-expression through art. Participants are welcome to continue (or begin) working on their project for the art show (date TBD), or work on something they feel inspired to create. For those who would like something more structured, we will do some demonstrations or offer a suggested theme. No art experience necessary.

August 31: What's Your Dream?
Our imaginations are what make us human and unique. In this art experiential, we will identify our dreams and set intentions to bring these dreams to life through an art process.

October 5: Inviting In and Letting Go
In this combined art and writing process, participants will explore what nourishes them and what may no longer serve them. A writing and art-making process will illuminate these notions in a creative way.

November 2: Word Mandala
Participants will create mandalas (design in a circle) from words that evoke meaning for them. We will combine significant words with the powerful mandala symbol to create personal art pieces.

December 7: Strength Shields
Participants will finish their art pieces, share and discuss them if they wish. Or, attendees can make art in the open studio.
Shields represent strength and protection. In this workshop, participants will create shields representing their own personal strengths.

Our Art Therapy workshops will meet remotely via Google Meet. Please contact us if you do not have art supplies at home, and need materials to participate in any of our workshops of interest. When we meet online, participants always have the choice to turn their camera and microphone on or off, and the level of participation or interaction is up to them. We hope to connect with you!


When: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Where: Google Meet link will be provided after registration
Cost: Free – Please consider donating to BCH Foundation
RSVP: Please contact Tamara Schardt at 303-720-4201 (call or text) or tschardt@aclboulder.org

Tamara R. Schardt, MS
Tamara is a Masters-level art therapist, working toward board certification and registration. She’s also an artist, advocate, and educator who believes art is for everyone; it is a vehicle of expression that can amplify voices, reduce stress, build confidence, create connections and change, and shed light on adversities. Tamara works with clients across the lifespan, individually and in groups, using art therapy and verbal psychotherapy (talk), incorporating mindfulness, educational, adaptive, and movement techniques.

Cindy Gordon, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC, CAAP
Cindy Gordon is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified art therapist. She works with individuals and groups facing the challenges of depression, trauma, body image, grief, anxiety, medical issues and life transitions. Cindy works with clients using both verbal psychotherapy and non-verbal methods (art therapy, photography, and writing) to reduce stress, promote self-awareness, and gain insights about themselves.

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