Gianluca Primucci Paint With Someone Who's Been There
Art and Peer Support in Memory of Gianluca Primucci
Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm Beginning October 1st!
This 8-week virtual program will help participants develop the ability to use art as a coping tool and expression of mental health in a peer support environment. The program will be on Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm October-November 2022 virtually. Artwork materials will be provided for those who can pick them up. We will have further details after you register.
Register now - limited placements only!
In 2009, Gianluca Primucci created the program Learn to Paint: Paint With Someone Who's Been There - growing it from a single class to five art workshops for youth and adults. With his innate good humour, Gianluca guided students to discover their expressive skills and unique 'inner artist' as they built self-esteem and a stronger identity. He used every opportunity to encourage students' creativity and courageousness by learning to paint and draw. Classes also provided participants a sense of belonging by connecting them with other students.
Praise from Gianluca's students:
"We are grateful for the art space you created that pushed us to grow. By leaning into our feelings, we push ourselves to think more openly and to see our world from a different point of view."
When asked about his work at Hope + Me, Gianluca said "creating art helps me cope by reminding me about what I strive to attain, which is peace and stability. Through my art education, I've come to learn that art should offer the viewer more than meets the eye. It allows people to return to the artwork and see something new or to gain a different interpretation each time."
Arielle is a graduate of OCAD who specializes in drawing, painting and sculpture. Since 2018, her volunteer work at Hope + Me includes support on the TIPS Warm Line and facilitating Peer Support groups. With her experience as an art teacher and production artist for Picasso Garage, Norquay Co. and Art Barn School, Arielle is pursuing a career in art and mental health.
Nicole uses psychology and art toward deeper human connection where words become difficult. She is studying at Art Therapy Institute and brings along prior experience at CMHA, Lynwood Charlton Centre, Woodview Autism and Mental Health Services, and Hamilton St. Joseph’s Hospital. Nicole is passionate about advocacy, education and working with others to better mental health.