Healing Through the Arts

Mercy Healing Through the Arts program is a series of free art workshops designed to enhance healing for patients and their families. These services complement and integrate traditional medicine so a patient can navigate both treatment and recovery more easily.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression is both healing and life-enhancing. You don't need to be creative to participate. All that is required is a desire to learn and enjoy the adventure. In recent years, art has become a powerful tool for those coping with illness by providing a creative form of self-expression and a method for sharing stories of struggle, gratitude, anger, peace and healing. Mercy Healing Through the Arts is supported by the Mercy Health Foundation.
 
For more information on Healing Through the Arts program, please call 314-251-6180 or email lauren [dot] leeatmercy [dot] net.
 

Adult Workshops

Adult workshops take place in the Conference Room on the first floor of the David C. Pratt Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Workshops are free, but registration is required because space is limited. Participants receive all necessary materials at each session.

Saturday, November 8
10 a.m. - noon
Cookie Decorating - Colleen’s Cookies

Learn the techniques to decorate sugar cookies, taught by a professional cookie designer from Colleen’s Cookies.

Saturday, December 13
10 a.m. - noon
Language of Flowers & Arranging – Missouri Botanical Garden Therapeutic Horticulture

Let your creativity “bloom” by using a variety of fl owers and greens to make a personal flower arrangement. Each participant will leave with an understanding of the therapeutic value of flowers and an arrangement to brighten their day.

2015 Programs:

Saturday, January 10
10 a.m. - noon
Foil Embossing – Kathy McCadden

Turn an ordinary piece of foil into an intricate and colorfulwork of art to display in your home.

Saturday, February 14
10 a.m. – noon
Shiborbi Scarves Dyeing –Jean McMullen

Learn to make a beautiful scarf using the ancient art of Shiborbi, a technique for dyeing fabrics. Each scarf will be a one of a kind work of wearable art!

Saturday, March 14
10 a.m. – noon
Aromatherapy Bath Fizzy – Jess Taylor

Utilizing calming and rejuvenating scents like lavender, chamomile and mint, create an aromatherapy Bath Fizzy to aide in healing and relaxation. Create your own spa at home by combining relaxing scents and colors in a Bath Fizz ball, which when dropped into
the bath tub, dissolves and emits bubbles, scents and therapeutic healing.

Saturday, April 11
10 a.m. – noon
Felt Table Topper – Louise Eggen

Participants will use felt and basic stitches to create a seasonal table topper. Each participant will create their own topper by designing, cutting and sewing their own unique scene on a felt background.

Saturday, May 9
10 a.m. – noon
Ceramic Pottery Painting - That Painting Spot

Design and glaze a piece of ceramic pottery, with instruction provided by artists from That Painting Spot. All pieces from this session will need to be finished at That Painting Spot and will be available for pickup at a later date at Mercy Hospital.

Saturday, June 13
10 a.m. – noon
Jewelry Making - Jenny Donaldson

Learn basic jewelry making techniques using beads, wire and found objects. Create a beautiful piece of jewelry, unique to you.

Children's Workshops

Children’s workshops are designated for children aged 5 and older. Workshops take place at Mercy Children’s Hospitalon floor 3C in the Child Life Room. Parents may also participate in the workshop with an additional reservation.

For more information on Healing Through the Arts program, please call 314-251-6180 or email lauren [dot] leeatmercy [dot] net.

2014 Programs:

Saturday, November 8
10 a.m. - noon
Exploring & Creating with Plants – Missouri Botanical Garden Therapeutic Horticulture

Natural materials will be explored for texture, appearance, scent and sound. Participants will then be encouraged to use their creativity and create a fairy garden using plants, natural materials and some fun miniature pieces.

Saturday, December 13
10 a.m. - noon
Sculpture Design - Jenny Dolandson

Sculpt and create your own unique piece of art that represents you using various supplies and mediums.

2015 Programs:

Saturday, March 14
10 a.m. - noon
Mask Making – Jean McMullen
 
Create a beautiful and expressive mask to be worn or displayed. Have fun painting and decorating this special mask!
 
Saturday, April 11
10 a.m. – noon
Ceramic Pottery - That Painting Spot
 
Design and glaze a piece of ceramic pottery, with instruction provided by artists from That Painting Spot. All pieces from this session will need to be fi nished at That Painting Spot and will be available for pickup at a later date at Mercy Children’s Hospital.
 
Saturday, May 9
10 a.m. – noon
Tie-Dye – Kathy McCadden
 
Take an ordinary white t-shirt or pillow case and transform it into a colorful work of art using fabric dyes and various techniques to create bright patterns.
 
Saturday, June 13
10 a.m. – noon
Canvas Painting – Rachel Lozano
 
Turn an ordinary canvas into a representation of yourself using bright colors, your creativity and your name.

 

Address:
607 S. New Ballas Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63141
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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