Working with children and young adults with special needs gives The Human Element Project a unique opportunity to explore creative opportunities that are visually stimulating, tactile and simple to execute. When the finished work is on exhibit, it brings absolute joy to the students and their families. A very powerful process.


The Soulful Collage Workshop is an opportunity to explore multiple aspects of your personal story. With the restriction of using only five images which must we carefully cut out, participants are forced to work within tight parameters. This process encourages patience, reflection and careful planning. Using a selection of provided backgrounds and images, participants artfully assemble a detailed story of their choice.  This project promotes self-discovery and ingeunity and the results are stunning.


The rainbow project began with a 4' x 5' gallery wrapped canvas painted with acrylic paint to depict a rainbow. The students were asked to collect day-to-day items that coincided with the colors on the spectrum. Each session the students focused on one specific color and glued their items onto the canvas until the rainbow collage was complete. Some of the items affixed to the collage, are candy wrappers, pencils, crayons, bottle, labels, pipe cleaners, toothbrush, etc. The overall completed piece highlights the colors in the rainbow and how our things that we use on a daily basis are all part of these basic colors.

Special People, Extraordinary Art

Soulful Collages

Children and young adults with special needs join Expressive Art Workshops 

Peace Pole Project


The Peace Pole Project gives students and opportunity to have their own individual art piece included in a large-scale installation that represents the school as a community. Sanded and primed square PVC pipes were used as the canvas on which the student painted. Each student had a choice of two sizes, 18" and 24" pipes. The students used acrylic paint and their hands to create their individual pieces. Once complete, each pole was varnished and plugged on both ends. The square name tag indicates the students initials, age and their school.

Collage Rainbow Project