Conventional art involves learning the skills and techniques of drawing and painting, but therapeutic art is different. For many volunteers, their first experience of creating therapeutic art entailed the expression of their feelings. The corporate volunteers were told to free their minds and to paint freely, but most found it a challenge. This was proven by the end results which were mostly coherent paintings. Paintings created by the special-needs children and the volunteers’ children were found to be unique and different, due to their ability to free their minds, opening doors to endless creativity and possibilities.
It was a joyful session filled with fun, love, laughter and passion. At the same time, the experience allowed the volunteers, their children and the special-needs children to interact and encourage each other. The two-hour art session brought hope to the special needs children and Deutsche Bank Malaysia will continue this spirit of love through Art in more volunteering sessions.