OASIS, or Open Art Studio in School, is an expressive art group that meets during lunch hour to do art in the community of others. In this group we use art not only as a way to express ideas, thoughts and feelings, but also as a way to build relationships with each other.

The basic thinking is that art is for all and not just for the artist; and that whatever media one chooses to work with, whatever one creates, will be okay. We welcome students to create “in the moment”, with the knowledge that spontaneous art making encourages the creative side of the teen which can enhance self- esteem, self -awareness and allows a deeper, healthy communication with themselves. Making art in this unconditionally accepting environment promotes connection with self, each other and the world around them.