Kate’s Visit to The Art Room Project
Catherine Middleton had a first-hand experience of the work of one of her patronages – The Art Room Project – this week, when she visited two schools in Oxford to find out more about art therapy and how the children are benefitting from the scheme.
The Art Room Project, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year, provides art therapy to children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The project aims to set up ‘art therapy’ rooms or centres in existing schools. The charity has so far established five art rooms in schools in Oxford and North London.
The Duchess attended an art therapy session at Rose Hill Primary, where pupils presented her with an apron embellished with ‘Miss Catherine’. The Duchess experienced an art therapy session based around the poem the ‘Owl and the Pussycat’.
Catherine also made a tour of the Oxford Spires Academy to see the art therapy centre, which provides facilities for the school’s older pupils as well as for pupils from neighbouring primary schools. The Duchess joined a round table discussion on the training and supervision of the charity’s staff.
Catherine’s visit to Oxford is one of number of ‘solo’ visits that The Duchess is making while Prince William is overseas. The Duke of Cambridge is currently working as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands.
Image: The Duchess of Cambridge meets with children as she leaves Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford on Tuesday 21 February 2012. The Duchess had the opportunity to talk to the children as well as observe how the school uses ‘art as therapy’ to help increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)