For these young men, many of who have come from backgrounds characterised by poverty, hardship, and emotional pain, dedicated time for self-expression is particularly valuable and can play an important role in the rehabilitation process.
Through weekly lessons in visual art students are able to discover their creative talents and learn about aspects of themselves they had never before known existed. This can be a liberating and empowering experience for the boys who as a result of the creative sessions often learn to channel and express difficult emotions in a constructive and healing way.
The positive impact that teaching art has on the boys can be clearly seen in their thoughtful responses given to a questionnaire about their experience of art in prison. Through reading their comments below we hope to give you a unique insight into the important part art plays in helping these boys to develop and grow as centered, compassionate young men.