The Art Room program, which was started in 2002, is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 16 who have been identifiedby their teachers as needing emotional and behavioural support.

Currently, there are nine Art Rooms in schools in Britain. More than 10,000 children have been through the program since it started.

The Art Room provides a caring and creative environment through which children can “learn and achieve through art,” said Melissa Cortina, a consultant research psychologist with the Art Room, which is based in Oxford. In a study published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy, researchers found that children emerged from the 10-week Art Room program with less depression, fewer behavioural problems and improved self-esteem.