Feeling isolated and stressed? Try art!
Join our FREE program for patients and caregivers of both the Cancer Center and Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery at Lowell General Hospital.
This Healing Through Art program provides cancer and weight management patients and their caregivers a creative way to meet others while working through their health journeys. All sessions will be held in a hybrid format — both in person and virtually — from 9:00am-12:00pm (noon) on the third Saturday each month (with a summer break). The class is open to beginners and experienced artists alike, and is offered FREE through Lowell General Hospital.
In this program, you will:
- Learn to express yourself using the visual art media of your choice
- Connect with others who understand health challenges
- Have fun creating in a relaxed, positive environment
The “Healing Through Art” class will begin slowly with a brief stretch, drawing, or mindfulness exercise. The instructor will then offer an artistic prompt or suggestion, sometimes accompanied by a demonstration or online video. Instructor and cancer survivor Gillian Orlinsky will help you get started, then encourage you to find subject matter and art materials that inspire you and your own creative style. The environment is entirely non-judgmental and play is encouraged!
|9:00-9:30am||Welcome and group check-in, warm-up, and prompt|
|9:30-11:30am||Paint/draw/write/play! You may stay in the main room with camera on or off or work independently and rejoin at check-in time. Gillian will check-in periodically with you about your work.|
|11:30am-12:00pm||Group check-in. Participants will have the "talking stick" for a few minutes each.|
Who Should Enroll?
Lowell General Hospital cancer and weight management patients and their caregivers. Beginners are encouraged to sign up, no art experience is required!
Class will be held one Saturday a month, join whenever you are able.
You do not need much for this class, but a basic kit of art supplies would be helpful. Please find, borrow or purchase your supplies before the class. These are suggested materials only, and can be found using this link: Suggested Art Supplies.
Whatever supplies you can find are fine!
Beginning on May 21, 2022, this class will be taught in a hybrid format meaning participants can attend in person OR online, whatever is most comfortable!
When registering, please indicate if you will attend in person or online via Zoom.
- If you will be attending in person, the address is: 20 Research Place North Chelmsford, MA 01863. Please enter through the door at the back of the building. We will be in the first room on the right.
- If you will be attending virtually (online via Zoom), don't forget to download the Zoom Meeting Application on your home computer, tablet or phone. Once you register, you will be sent an email with the meeting ID# and password.
Attendees agree: It can be really nice to do an activity that makes you feel good, helps you relax, and gives you a chance to just be with people who "get it".
You may email instructor Gillian Orlinsky at Gillianfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-866-7088 with any questions about the class.