This class explores themes related to self-compassion, self-care, hope, self-awareness, self-efficacy, body-image, stress, interpersonal relationships, control, acceptance, mindfulness, spirituality, death, and dying.

The program incorporates 3 major components including psycho-education, group therapy, and art therapy. The art-making includes the use of a journal, 2D and 3D individual and collaborative projects. All art making supplies are provided for the participants. The class works through poignant and compelling themes and incorporates meditative mindfulness, and somatic awareness practices.
Former art making experience is not required in any way. What is required is simply a willingness to be curious, courageous, vulnerable, authentic, and open.
Times: • 13-week class (meets Thursdays 6-9pm) • Sept. 9th- Dec. 9th (Skipping Thanksgiving) 2021
Hosts: • Franklin Junior High • Kunzler Studios
Cost: • $200-300 • Based on financial ability to pay. People with financial need will not be turned away!
Class: • 10-12 individuals


Contact Greg  (515) 231-7178 to inquire about  the next 13 week session. Greg is an artist, art teacher and mental health therapist learn more about Greg, the leader for Art as Therapy for Survivors Click Here.

“I would highly recommend this class to anybody who wants to grow as their authentic self, express emotions through voice and art mediums, and meet and share with amazing survivors – forming bonds that they will also cherish for life. Greg is an amazing artist, compassionate counselor, leader, and he is always there.” – Survivor, Art as Therapy Class

“I am NOT an artist; I am the one that truly did not know how to wash a paintbrush. In the end, I found that this mattered little as we all were capable of finding our own unique ways to express feelings we needed to release and validate.” – Survivor, Art as Therapy Class

“I have my own connection to cancer.  My first experience of loss and death was at age 6 when my grandmother died of breast cancer. Both my parents died of cancer.  Working with cancer survivors has been a healing journey for me.  So many people with cancer happen to represent the very crux of the human condition and the very best of humanity. They are grappling with big existential concerns about life & death and discovering new meaning in their lives. Cancer, in some ways becomes both a tragedy and a gift to all that surround and connect to that person. For the survivor, it forces them to refocus on themselves, their values, their authenticity, their strengths, their true self, that has often has gotten lost along the way. It makes survivors more compassionate, clear, sensitive, open, supportive, loving, compassionate, passionate, resilient, adaptable and creative. Survivors are ready to live out loud like they have never before. It’s the embodiment of human aspiration and human inspiration. It’s such an honor and privilege to share and facilitate this journey with them. As an artist, art teacher and counseling intern, my own values emphasize the critical importance of connection and expression in our lives. Nowhere could these values be better expressed and explored than in intimate groups of cancer survivors who are so ready to start living out loud and to share themselves and their voices with those around them.” – Greg, Art as Therapy Teacher