A Free, 2 session, Virtual, workshop for cancer patients who have undergone radiation treatment to the head and neck
May 12th and 26th, 2023 on zoom from 12pm-1:30pm EST
Art therapy can assist you in processing and exploring your cancer experience, which helps you to heal emotionally.
In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to transform your radiation mask using art supplies to express yourself. Whether it’s to tell the story of what you’ve been through, to express your thoughts and feelings, or bring healing energy in. However you personally decide to transform your mask is up to you, so trust your instincts. The process of transforming the mask is therapeutic.
If you no longer have your radiation mask, check with your radiation oncologist to see if they have masks that are no longer in use or perhaps substitute it with a paintable face mask from a local craft store.
Getting Ready for the workshop series
Prior to the workshop, you will want to have all of the supplies that you desire for the workshop on hand.
Pre-planning your project will help you discern what you need for your project, although it’s always nice to be flexible enough to change your design as you go, because your creative voice changes throughout the process. Listening to it will enhance your experience. The resource links below can help you get ready.
What to expect during the workshop
Stephanie will introduce you to the basics of how to do art therapy and then guide you as you start the creation process. Participants will work independently on their masks during this event, and Stephanie will be available for guidance and support. You will want to have all of the supplies that you desire for the workshop ready to go. Participants will be encouraged to continue working with their masks between the sessions.
Participants will have the opportunity to share their masks with the group, a powerful way to enhance the healing nature of this work. Stephanie will facilitate the sharing and offer suggestions on how to deepen your reflection process.
For ideas, inspiration and guidance to help you get ready for the workshop, check out the following:
- Recommended supply list
- practical tips for supplies and painting on masks
- examples of masks
- examples of creating sculptures with masks
- a video from a workshop with adult cancer survivors
- an inspiring story of high school students painting on radiation masks to show their support for cancer patients