read about current program workshops and group offerings here, or contact us to organize a private session or create a custom program specific to meet your organization's needs!
"It was a pleasure and a learning experience for me, watching your technique & openness. The results in the children's description and sharing were spectacular. " -Marlys
organize your private workshop
- a request for a specific class and instructor
- 2-3 possible days/times that work for your schedule
- number of participants anticipated
once your class is scheduled We will require the following:
- a non-refundable deposit that includes the minimum amount for 1-3 participants within five days of class date confirmation
- payment from listed participants three days prior to class
About our Integrative Therapeutic Arts Program (iTap)
“ It has powerful effects on body, mind and spirit. In brief, deep engagement with the arts is not just an effective prescription for stress reduction and emotional reparation; it is a pathway to inner peace.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
All of our programs are led by Silver Circle artist instructors as part of our recreational therapeutic art program. The focus is expressive art and exploration with creative materials in a safe, supportive environment. Instructors use the language of color and symbolism as a way to facilitate creative and emotional expression through acrylic painting, watercolors, oil, drawing, and other visual mediums.
We believe the arts, creativity, and imagination are agents of wellness. Art creates a life-changing space for expression, release, and healing. Creativity through art becomes a tool for communication, emotional release, self-empowerment, stress reduction, social connection, and ultimately enhanced quality of life.
Benefits of our Program
- Promotes self-expression, communication, and emotional well-being
- Relaxation and stress reduction
- Elevates self-awareness and self-esteem
- Increase healthy coping skills
- Better ability to process grief and trauma
- Use of the imagination to transform pain and tension
- Heightened sense of empowerment and positive emotions
- A focus to provide a sense of purpose and meaning
Who our Program is For
Children, teens, adults, families
Individuals and groups
Students of any skill level, and those with special abilities
Patients experiencing and/or recovering from physical/emotional trauma
Those in need of stress management and wellness modalities
Pricing and Scheduling
- please email us for more information and group rates
- we offer a flexible schedule and pricing options
- Programs offered on or off-site
- Additional travel expenses may apply
- Minimum/maximum participant quota
- Additional materials fee may apply
80% of healthcare institutions invest in the arts to benefit patients
50% of U.S hospitals have introduced art programs as a healing outlet
Art programs in hospitals have grown 12% since 2009
groups and workshops
contact us for a custom group, workshop, or individual counseling
free therapeutic art workshop
- Sunday TBD
- Led by Yasmine Sasannejad, MA, LPC, ATR and Johanna Pike, ATR, CLC
Join us for an evening of creativity & art making to nourish the soul!
In this free workshop, you'll experience firsthand how creativity and art making can inspire healing and grow inner peace. Silver Circle's professional Art Therapists Johanna & Yasmine will lead you in creative exercises and art techniques that encourage emotional exploration and self reflection. Our goal is that you will come away from this experience feeling rejuvenated, with a deeper connection to your own creative spirit.
No previous artistic experience necessary.
tHERAPEUTIC ART GROUP FOR TEEN GIRLS
This 4 week therapeutic arts group will provide teen girls a space to safely explore the use of visual arts for self expression. Participants will be guided through special therapeutic techniques that can help relieve anxiety and lift mood, such as free painting to music, collage, visual journaling and more. No art experience required
*minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 participants
- Mondays 4:00-5:00pm
- Cost: $150 including materials
- Led by Yasmine Sasannejad, LPC, ATR and Johanna Pike ATR, CLC
THERAPEUTIC ART GROUP FOR WOMEN
This 4 week therapeutic arts group for women will provide a safe space to explore visual art making techniques that can relieve anxiety and promote relaxation and emotional healing. Participants will benefit from an opportunity to connect with one another, as well as to deepen their own sense of identity through the arts. Projects will incorporate journaling, meditation, mandala creation, free painting, and more. No art experience is required!
*minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 participants
- Mondays 5:30-7:00pm
- Cost: $195 including materials
- Led by Yasmine Sasannejad, LPC, ATR and Johanna Pike ATR, CLC
ITAP participant Testimonials
“I didn’t consider myself creative, but my picture warms my heart with memories of my dad”
“I liked doing the painting, it was my favorite week of group” Caleb & Trevor
“I had fun because I rarely get to paint and it’s fun when I get to. Also I liked the music they played”. -Bill
“It was a pleasure & a learning experience for me, watching your technique & openness. The results in the children’s description & sharing were spectacular.” Volunteer, -Marlys
“This art project, to me-went over amazing to me. To me, it helped to get my mind off of my everyday stress; to just remember my grandmother. Also, I love how we could bring in our loved ones belongings to incorporate into our own art. To me this was a great way to make a fresh new start-turn old belongings into new memories.” -Jozzlynn
EXPRESSIVE ART STUDENT Testimonials
"A whole new world has opened up for me, thanks to these classes. Like many women, I find it hard to make room in my schedule for the things that I want to do. Now, Wednesday evenings are hallowed ground. For two and a half hours I get to paint and learn about the artist side of my being. What a gift to our region Silver Circle is, both for its classes and for the gallery that shows aspiring artists like me what is possible. I LOVE my classes, leave inspired and I might even change my life so I can pursue my art more seriously. It can change your life! Really!!!” -Sally
“I have always had a desire to try my hand at water color or any art for that matter...I am on the brink of retirement and decided that the time is now! I have only had a few lessons and I already feel like a new world is unfolding for me! I leave class feeling so relaxed, and excited at the same time! Thank you Karen!” - Mia
"The classes are structured so that you learn at your own individual level and pace, and the teachers are amazing, talented professionals that creative a supportive encouraging environment. The gallery itself offers inspiration and exposure to all different types of art and the student show offers us an opportunity to present our work to the public. Silver Circle is a wonderful place to learn and explore your creativity. I know for me it has open doors that I never thought possible." - Carolyn
“I found that art is not about being the most skilled artist. It was about the process. For the last five years I showed up every week. I had something to look forward to. I have a purpose. I met the best group of people who I now call my friends and family. I can’t say painting has changed me. Life changed and painting helped me find my true self again." -Annie
About our Facilitators:
Karen studied at the The Art Institute of Boston, The South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. The Fuller Museum in Brocton, MA. The Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA. and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Ma where she earned her diploma in Fine Arts. She has studied many forms of fine art and focuses on drawing and painting using oil paint, watercolor and charcoal. Her work has been exhibited throughout New England. Karen has been an expressive and technical art instructor and exhibiting artist at Silver Circle Art Center since 2009.
Johanna Pike, ATR, CLC
Johanna graduated in 2011 from Eastern Connecticut State University with a minor in Psychology and major in Visual Arts. She then attended Lesley University in 2014 and gained her Masters in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. She has worked with teens and adults with a range of mental health concerns in an expressive therapies environment and was constantly amazed at the healing they provided. Johanna also received her Life Coaching Certification from the Life Purpose Institute in order to expand her knowledge base and integrate the healing powers of the arts with the empowering life purpose tools she has gained.
Johanna offers private life coaching and art therapy sessions. Find more information here.
Please contact us to schedule.
Carly Sage Martin, BA, INHC
Carly Sage Martin has been a NECT native for 27 years and is the founder and director of Silver Circle Art Center and Gallery. Carly has life-long experience using art as a healing and self-expressive modality. She studied fine art and communications as the foundation of her undergraduate work and received a degree in Expressive Visual Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2008. She is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and is currently pursuing graduate work in Integrative Health and Clinical Nutrition to incorporate into her holistic approach to natural health and wellness.
Yasmine Sasannejad, LPC, ATR
Yasmine is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master degree in Art Therapy & Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2011. Since then, she has worked with children and adults with a variety of social and emotional needs. She is passionate about the healing power of a strong sense of community, and the ways in which the expressive arts can play a part in building meaningful connections. In addition to her work with Silver Circle, Yasmine has a private art therapy practice located in Norwich, CT.
Christina Cirillo Schmidt, BFA
Christina received a Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Connecticut. She has shared her experiences and skills as a teaching artist while at the same time exploring different mediums practicing not only technique, but the ability to express her emotional being. Christina believes that one of the most vital things we can do for ourselves as humans is to teach, nurture and inspire. It’s such a natural part of the human experience as it not only feeds the soul, but connects all of us to one another.
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make the soul grow. So do it.” - Kurt Vonnegut
Carolyn Wagner has worked at Pomfret School since 1997. In addition to her role as School Counselor, she teaches a course on mindfulness, and facilitates a weekly meditation group. Carolyn’s undergraduate study in psychology led to an unusual program at Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a departmental award for developing a course curriculum on enhancing creativity. The studio component of that degree was in textile design. Carolyn’s more than thirty five years of experience working with young people and their families include the New Hampton School, New Hampton, NH, and Butler Hospital/Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. She just completed a five year program at UMASS Medical School and is now a trained MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher. Additionally, she is a certified .b mindfulness teacher. She owns sukiblue a small artisan jewelry company, exhibits her work in galleries, and teaches jewelry workshops. She and her partner Mike operate Hamlet Hill, a USDA certified organic farm in Pomfret, CT