Child, Art and Nature:
Nature art exercises for non-Finnish children and youth
This book was the product of a pilot project for the development of nature art workshops for refugee children and youth in Finland. Many of these children and youth have lived in Finnish reception centres for several years, and for them we wanted to develop a series of activities that focused on their present rather than the past. The main theme of the project was deepening one's connection with nature, and becoming familiar with the healing and empowering elements of Finnish nature.
Where is my home?:
Pictures, stories and experiences of
refugee children and youth
This book was the product of a series of expressive arts workshops with refugee children and youth in reception centres around Finland. The project built on and expanded the themes and practices developed in the Voyage as a refugee book project (see below).
On a voyage as a refugee:
Asylum-seeking children and youths'
own words and pictures
This book was the product of our first major expressive arts project with refugee children and youths. It includes stories and pictures of children and youth aged 3-17 in receptions centres around Finland. The workshops revolved around two main themes: the past and the future. We conducted the workshops in accordance with the philosophy of art therapy, in which the end product is not as important as the process - exploring how it aﬀects us when we express our experiences through pictures and words.
Two Homelands II:
Art and stories of children with immigrant backgrounds.
This book was the product of a series of expressive arts workshops with school children from families with immigrant backgrounds. The project built on and expanded the themes and practices developed in the first Two Homelands project (see below). The children were guided to explore their experiences of moving to Finland and living within multiple cultures.
Art and stories of children from families with immigrant backgrounds.
This book was the product of our first expressive arts project with children from families with immigrant backgrounds. We worked with school-aged children in a series of workshops held in the Tampere, Finland area. Our aim for this project was to guide children to recognise and explore the richness of having two homelands and speaking two (or more) languages.