Shaping Dreams Together is a project co-funded by the President’s Award for Creativity, in collaboration with Arts Council Malta and Alka Ceramics. This project is a great opportunity for children to learn how to process their thoughts and express their emotions through the use of clay. A psycho-therapist will be present during the sessions. An artist from Alka ceramics will be attending the sessions to show the children how to create various forms with clay and decorate their own pottery items.
This online programme is free of charge and designed for children aged between 8-10 years.
The programme is made up of a total of 10 weekly sessions and each session is 75 mins long. Sessions are held every Wednesday starting from 7th April till 9th June between 4.30pm and 5.45pm. The sessions will be virtual and will be held on the digital platform ‘Zoom’.
Ms Jessica Quirolo is a trainee Gestalt psychotherapist, who is currently in her final year of studies of Master in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Training Institute of Malta. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Malta. Ms Quirolo has experience working in the field of disability, specifically with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum disorder. She is also working in the mental health field with adults, adolescents, and children experiencing medical and physical health conditions. Ms Quirolo has a special interest in working with children and adolescents and has in fact been involved in Scouting as a leader for 7 years. During the past two years, she has worked as a support staff member, a group facilitator, and a trainee psychotherapist at KVF. In her therapeutic work, Ms Quirolo enjoys getting creative and using varied artistic modalities to support the therapeutic process.
Ms Joan Haber is ceramic artist who has been working in ceramics full time since 1980. She studied art in Gozo and trained in ceramics under her husband, ceramic graduate and artist Paul Haber. Together with her husband she set up a ceramic’s factory Alka Ceramics, where a fully structured ceramics program is held throughout the year. Clay Club at Alka gives participants many different opportunities for team building sessions, school outings, pottery birthday parties, sculpture classes and pottery online sessions. Ms Haber teaches and organizes workshops and events related to ceramics, sculpture and hands-on experiences for children, students and artists. At Alka Ms Haber accepts students for internships, job shadowing, and work experience. She has also participated in many creativity related projects such as Kreattiv and Premju tal-President ghall- Kreattivita.
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