How your money helps: art therapy in Sunshine

There’s aImage of finished artwork at YSAS Sunshine huge variety of programs run by YSAS and its partner organisations to support young people in Australia. The funds raised for febfast 2015 have directly supported this initiative at YSAS Sunshine, Victoria. In October, the YSAS Sunshine Team organised an art therapy program to support their young clients:

On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October 2015 an art therapy program was run at the YSAS Sunshine office. The aim of the program was to give young people new skills in regards to street art, provide education around the legalities of street art/graffiti and also to revamp a section of the office.

An art program facilitated by YSAS Sunshine had been in the discussion stage for over a year, and was made possible by money raised by generous febfasters and Victoria University in Sunshine. The end result was certainly worth the wait.

Four young people were selected from our client base, with their street art skills ranging from beginners to somewhat experienced artists. The group were assisted and directed by a highly skilled street artist, Andrew Dyson and supervised by YSAS Sunshine staff members, Dave, Emma and Zenaida who also tried their hand at spray painting with varying results!

Friday was a planning day commencing at 10:00am, the young people were transported to the Visy Cares Hub where introductions were made and an overview of the two-days was provided. Andrew provided the group with information regarding legal graffiti sites as well as information centred on the legalities of spray paint possession, police stop and searches, specialised police task forces (used to combat graffiti) and graffiti exclusion zones.

A trip to the local Bunnings Warehouse was undertaken and material such as drop-sheets, face masks and MDF boards were purchased by the group. A yummy pizza lunch followed this, before the group had a brain storming and sketching session whereby a theme and colour scheme for the piece of art was decided. “Multiculturalism” was the theme adopted with the word “Sunshine” being incorporated within this, topped with a city skyline, the group also agreed to spray paint a national flag which depicted their own heritage.

A group trip was taken to Giant Productions situated in North Melbourne to purchase the spray paint required. The day concluded with the participants receiving a tutorial from Andrew Dyson on how to use the spray cans before the group had an individual practice run using the MDF boards.

Saturday’s session commenced at 10:30am with the group arriving keen and raring to get started. The young people worked well and safely throughout and assisted each other collectively whenever the need arose. Some participants got so involved that they had to be encouraged to take a break in order to eat lunch! The day concluded at 5:00pm with everyone very much satisfied with the final piece of art.

Some quotes from the day:

“That was so much fun”

“I didn’t think it would be this good”

“It was good learning new skills”

“Will there be any other programs like this”


The funds you raised for febfast 2015 directly helped to fund this innovative program. In 2016 we want to raise even more money to support even more initiatives like this one.

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