Arts therapist and teacher Kerstin von Shearing wanted to contribute something to the community that would combine her passion for art and children. Kerstin owns Creative Gems, a small business which supports children on the Autism Spectrum and adults suffering with anxiety or depression. She believes the Arts can be utilized to improve well-being through painting, music, writing, and drama.
Kerstin decided to propose a project to Rapid Bay Primary School which would incorporate art therapy and result in an artwork. Kerstin applied for a grant from the Yankalilla Council and received $900 to help with materials for the project.
She and the children worked over three terms in 2018, throughout the project practicing mindfulness and drama activities to help them brainstorm ideas for the project. Nature was the prevalent theme in their exploration so they chose to concentrate on colours and nature found in the Fleurieu region. The six panels will be displayed at the Yankalilla Agricultural Grounds for the Festival Fleurieu's Carnival on Saturday, April 13th.