The Yocum Institute for Arts Education provides the Creative Drama and Art Therapy teachers for our students. The beauty of our Art Therapy program is that it is one of several programs we offer at John Paul II Center that makes our school more unique and encourages learning using a different teaching method.
Students in the Intermediate and Secondary Classes participate in Creative Drama each week. This helps to improve:
• Speech and language skills
• Creativity and imagination
• Gross motor skills
• Spatial awareness and relations
• The ability to follow directions
Creative Drama is a great way for students to “come out of their shells”, allowing them to be creative and fun in a very non-threatening environment.
Art Therapy is a method that allows students to be creative and positively express themselves. Art as a whole is a confidence builder because it is a very accepting therapy practice in which students participate in one time per week. By learning about different art mediums, students are able to develop fine motor skills, work on sensory issues, and learn to stay on task and follow directions.
Pendants with Purpose
Since early 2014, the Secondary class started creating washer necklaces to sell at our annual Legacy Gala. Not only have we continued creating these amazing little gems, but our Secondary Life Skills classroom has created a small non-profit venture called “Pendants with Purpose.”
The pendants are simple washers found at your local hardware store, which are then transformed into beautiful necklaces, pins, or key-chains and sold by the students for $ 5.00 a piece. All the profits from the “Pendants with Purpose” program are used by the classroom for community outings and field trips. We also look to give back to others in the community.