“The Tree of Many Colors” provided lots of stimulation from creating art, allowing the kids to travel away from hospital routine and loneliness.
Artists John DeFaro and Color Us Well treated Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to an art workshop, “The Tree of Many Colors” on Friday, December 18th, just in time for the holidays!
As a continuation of his contributed artwork, DeFaro started his workshop by drawing a bare tree on a large canvas, stating “It was fun to bring another tree out of the Color Us Well Coloring Book and make it larger.” It was amazing to witness how long the kids remained calm and excited knowing the Tree drawn by John DeFaro was waiting for their leaves. DeFaro provided outlined swirly leaves in all different sizes and shapes on paper, instructing the children to color them in any way they want.
We were incredibly inspired to see how creative the children got with their leaves! Using various color combos and patterns, their involvement and interest lasted much longer than usual activity workshops. Defaro said “Many kids were introduced to a simple collaboration first by owning their artworks ‘momentarily’ and then by learning that ‘letting go’ of their individual creations created something larger and more colorful. The final artwork, The Tree of Many Colors’ communicated more good feelings when everyone witnessed the results. The Team effort, although a few hours, symbolized the vast amount of people power it takes to achieve the Hospital’s mission. Making lives better.”
Melissa Langley, a Child Life Specialist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, was thrilled that Color Us Well presented them with the finished collaborative artwork. She remarked, “The kids have a chance to be a part of Joe DiMaggio history that they can come back to see for years to come!”