GALLERY | Tractor Man spruiks art therapy at Thomas Acres

Things got colourful and messy at Thomas Acres Public School when the Tractor Man rolled into town this week.

The tractor was travelling from Newcastle to Melbourne spruiking the effectiveness of art therapy for kids who have undergone trauma or challenging circumstances in an initiative from Art Cabriolet.

The tractor arrived in Ambarvale on Thursday and kids got the opportunity to make their mark on the vehicle and an old fire truck, which was also in tow.

Pupils were encouraged to paint their stories on both the tractor and the truck, making them ‘moving pieces of communal art’.

“Traditional verbal counselling or talk therapy doesn’t work for everyone,” Art Cabriolet founder Caroline Liuzzi said.

“In fact, we have found that children and adolescents living through trauma find it challenging to confront and deal with their situation.

“Often they’re non-verbal and are less capable and comfortable in expressing themselves through words.”

Volunteers, artists and art therapists worked with the kids on ways to channel their feelings into art.

Art Cabriolet provides multiple platforms in creative art therapies targeting remedial outcomes for children and adolescents dealing with physical, emotional and psychological distress from trauma. Details: theartcabriolet.org.au.