One to one art
as therapy sessions


Chony is facilitating one to one art as therapy sessions for NDIS funded and non-NDIS funded people of all ages, abilities and creative interests.


This offering is inclusive of all ages including young children who may require sensory art experiences, to children, teenagers, adults and seniors.


Based on each individuals NDIS goals, individual goals and creative interests Chony uses her wealth of experience to develop a series of weekly or fortnightly hour or two hour sessions that are engaging and well-being focussed.


Participants may like to experience some of the following art materials and techniques;


  • Acrylic painting

  • Clay

  • Nature art

  • Water colour painting

  • Painting with inks

  • Sketching using pencils, pens, charcoal, soft past or oil pastels

  • Hand built clay vessels and small sculptures

  • Weaving

  • Abstract or realistic art style

  • Print making using gel prints

  • Print transfer

  • Brush making

  • Tissue paper flower making

  • Collage

Well-being benefits of art as therapy sessions with Chony;

  • Increased self-confidence & self-acceptance

  • Developed fine motor skills

  • Emotional regulation

  • Self awareness, body awareness & strategies to communicate feelings

  • Processing of feelings

  • Decreased feelings of anxiety and low mood



The MET Space space in Maroochydore


Coolum HeARTS Shed in Coolum


Please contact Chony for further information about availability or with any other questions


Email – chonysartroom@gmail.com

‘Expressive Art Group’,art as therapy group
for NDIS funded adults


A passion project designed and facilitated by Sally Cuthbert, an ANZACATA Registered Art Therapist and Chony Bowden a QCT registered Visual Arts teacher with an art therapy qualification from ISAT.


Based on the principals of art therapy, group therapy and visual arts pedagogy this school term time series of workshops provide a creative refuge for adults why are supported by all funding streams including NDIS.


Both Chony and Sally use their extensive art networks to support their participants to gain confidence in the community by exhibiting their artworks at gallery exhibitions, attending local art galleries, making art to contribute to exhibitions and attending workshops led by local and international artists in gallery spaces.


Participants are provided with a welcoming and supportive space to build community connections with people who share similar interests. Both facilitators use their extensive arts-based experience to provide an engaging series of art projects that alternate every week to fortnight. The art materials and techniques offered to participants may include –

  • acrylic painting on canvas

  • watercolour painting techniques

  • weaving

  • printmaking

  • print transfers

  • collage

  • multi-media artworks

  • wet felting & fibre arts

  • pigmented & alcohol inks

  • sketching using pens, charcoal and soft pastels etc

  • book making

  • clay vessels

  • craft

  • nature art


(just to name a few!)

Well-being benefits of art as therapy sessions of ‘Expressive Art Group’;

  • Increased participation in the wider community

  • Building connections and friendships

  • Goal setting

  • Learning skills for inner calm & mindfulness

  • Increased self-confidence & self-acceptance

  • Developed fine motor skills

  • Emotional regulation

  • Self-awareness, body awareness & strategies to communicate feelings

  • Processing of feelings

  • Decreased feelings of anxiety and low mood


Days & Time

Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9.30 – 12pm

(there may be more dates in the future – please enquire).



The Met Space

Corner of South Sea Islander Way & First Avenue, Maroochydore


For more info – email – chonysartroom@gmail.com

Community Kindergartens, Early Learning Centres
and Bush Kindy’s – Visual Art, Art as Therapy Workshops


Interweaving her Diploma of Early Childhood & Care, Visual Arts Education degree and Art Therapy qualifications Chony designs engaging and diverse art experiences for all ages, abilities, interests and educational establishments learning goals.


How Visual Art Workshops benefit young children;

  • Increase in self-confidence

  • Use, describe and trust their imagination

  • Develop early stages of literacy through drawing pictures and explaining ideas

  • Fine motor control

  • Communication – forming words and sounds

  • Spatial awareness & body awareness

  • Social, verbal and sharing strategies

  • Self-expression

  • Decrease feelings of anxiety

  • Process emotions and feelings

  • Promotes curiosity & trust

Chony consults with the Director and educators to gain an insight into the goals of the centre, individual interests and learning needs of the children to specifically design Multi-Media Visual Arts Workshops that are tailor made to  ACECQA, EYLF – Early Years Framework.


These workshops can be on-going, term time, during school holidays or project based – to design a mural or develop creative mindfulness practices within your centre.


I have a post-graduate Degree in Education, a Diploma of Early Childhood & Care, a blue card, yellow card and extensive education experience from babies to adults.


To Enquire as to how Chony’s Art Room can facilitate a quality learning experience that sets your learning establishment apart from others email – chonysartroom@gmail.com

Educational or Home Schooling Visual Art Workshops


Chony is a QCT registered and 20 year experienced teacher and Visual Arts educator whose career has led her to facilitate educational experiences in the arts in locations around Australia such as; some Indigenous Communities, Melbourne & Sydney, also internationally in countries such as; London, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and San Fransisco.


She has been invited to collaborate with artists such as Mirka Mora’s son William Mora, The Royal Botanical Gardens, The City of Yarra Indigenous Species trails, Jeffrey Feeger & PNG community arts, Sharing Stories art program & ABC arts. More recently collaborating with Man and Wah, The Horizon Festival, artist Anne Harris, Marni Stuart, The Caloundra Gallery and The Maroochy Botanical Gardens Gallery.

Using her wealth of pedagogical and curriculum design knowledge, Chony listens to the assessment criteria, goals and interests of the students, educators and educational facilities to build an engaging, diverse and inspiring visual arts curriculum.

Programs can be designed for;

  • Professional Development – arts-based education for teachers

  • Specialist Visual Art Teacher – school-based, short or long contract

  • Home School – Term time (numbers dependant)

  • Specific goal – mural, arts-based project/recycled arts etc

Chony has a warm, positive and engaging approach to teaching that works to inspire confidence in her students to trust their inner artist to create unique works of art.


Price depends on the number of children, location and duration of workshops. For more information contact Chony by Email – chonysartroom@gmail.com

Art Workshops for Seniors and Retirement/
Aged Care Centres


Based on the therapeutic principals of art therapy, mindfulness and visual arts education Chony can tailor all visual art workshops to suit participants individual creative interests.


Whether in a small group or one to one session Chony can provide art lessons that focus on learning new art techniques or refining the participants existing skills.


Some of the art materials that Participants may choose to learn about could be:-

  • Inks

  • Soft pastel

  • Wet felting

  • Oil pastels

  • Acrylic painting

  • Water colour painting

  • Weaving

  • Sculpture

  • Clay play

  • Charcoal – portraits and still life

  • Collage

  • Multi-Media

  • Painting on canvas and high quality paper

  • Printmaking

  • Acrylic pour


Providing all art equipment at each session every participant will take home with them a work of art that is a lovely reflection of their artistic interest and growing skill.


Price is dependent on number of participants, location and duration of workshops.


Paint & Sip Workshops – Tailored to you!