Affirmation Paintings at Divine Mercy in Ozone Park, Queens

Arts & Dreams spent a wonderful day on May 25, 2012 with 5th & 6th graders at Divine Mercy Catholic Academy in Ozone Park, Queens. Our lovely Patricia Geremia graduated from DMCA back in the day!

We held our first ever Arts & Dreams Workshop at Divine Mercy's St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr in 2009! It was extra special to return with more workshops to the place where Arts & Dreams started.
The students all had amazing spirits which we watched blossom as they created their affirmation paintings. And, for the first time ever, we were serenaded with songs by the artists while they painted.

Grade 5

Grade 6

Affirming something nice about ourselves, while looking into our own eyes in a mirror.
Way to go! Truly inspiring!

We would like to thank:
Sister Francis Marie, Principal
Sandra DeMarco, 5th Grade Teacher
Irene Smith, 6th Grade Teacher
Pat Geremia, Financial Secretary
Larry Miller

Wow! I think the experience was worthwhile for both me and my students.
I want to thank you for a wonderful break from the usual school routine, and for the opportunity for the students to learn strategies (slow
purposeful breathing, speaking affirmations, and painting) to relieve stress and to aid them in becoming their own best friends. I think you both are awesome, and I applaud you for the work you are doing!
With Gratitude,
Sandra DeMarco
(Grade 5 Teacher)