art and social inclusion

The EXPRESSION program offers various artistic expression workshops that promote the process of healing or improving functional abilities on a daily basis. The workshops of this program are designed in such a way as to allow a reappropriation of personal esteem, confidence and the discovery of one's creative potential.


The objective of the program is not to perform or produce, but to try the pleasure of the trace in an atmosphere of non-judgment. These activities prepare the participant to adapt to greater involvement in a work environment by developing self-confidence and personal motivation. In addition, they help develop social skills in people who have remained socially isolated or who have been cut off from the workplace.

The workshops

Registration periods

August for the fall term, November for the winter, March for the spring and May for the summer term.

Participation fee of $55 per workshop and per quarter (on presentation of the claim slip) or $95 per workshop, except individual art therapy ($25 / hour) – payable upon registration.

Register by appointment only
514-843-5658 ext. 222 or ext. 228

Self-knowledge, exploration of one's strengths through artistic expression

Description of the workshop

The workshop is above all a theatrical expression workshop. Through various warm-up exercises and gestural and/or spoken improvisations and sometimes the creation of skits, the person is led to work on their oral and physical creativity through listening and the expressiveness of the body. We also work on the voice, the gesture, the emotional intention. Laughter and also role-playing individually as well as collectively.


The objective of this workshop is to promote better management of emotions, creative self-expression and inner harmony.

Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., places available winter-spring session 2022


Description of the workshop

The Drawing workshop is designed as an introduction to the basic notions of drawing (observation, proportions, shadow and light, perspective, live model). Drawing allows participants to externalize their emotions while valuing themselves. The objective of this workshop is to find confidence in your line through a weekly two-hour practice in a relaxed and focused atmosphere.

Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., places available for the winter-spring 2022 session


The goal of this workshop is to help participants have a particularly absorbing and enjoyable experience. This helps reduce stress and the intrusion of negative thoughts.

Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., places available for the winter-spring 2022 session

Exploration of creative techniques

Description of the workshop

Each workshop lasts two hours and takes place weekly. One session equals 12 weeks. A registration period is set before a new session and people who are already at the center can register again during the pre-registration period.

In the workshop of artistic discoveries, the worker invites participants to learn various artistic techniques aimed at supporting the person in a process of therapeutic creativity. The creative process is instrumental in bringing about positive change in participants, whether it be personal growth, awareness, healing or problem solving.


Artistic activity helps reduce stress and the intrusion of negative thoughts. It also allows participants to increase self-confidence, positive feelings and concentration. The creative approach of this workshop allows participants to determine their specific goals and needs while improving their state of physical, mental and emotional health.

Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., places available for the winter-spring 2022 session

Expression in volume, modeling

Description of the workshop

In this Sculpture workshop, participants find themselves in the situation of creating a form in clay by letting their imagination run wild. They then have the option of making their project in plaster or larger papier-mâché. The activity is very fulfilling and reassuring because the concrete and relaxed contact with matter is restful for the mind and stimulating for the body.


The workshop leader invites the participants to implement themselves according to their own rhythm by patiently accompanying them towards a personalized production. Techniques are offered to serve their purpose; the goal is not to perform. By experimenting, participants will discover the pleasure of shaping an idea, an emotion.

The sculpture workshop is for adults with or without experience. It is designed as a weekly break, a free and relaxed creative field.

Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., places available for the winter-spring 2022 session

Description of the workshop

In this workshop, everyone is encouraged to develop creativity and the expression of their personality. Over time, a coherent pictorial language can also develop, emphasizing drawing, composition and color.

Several mediums are available such as: acrylic paint, charcoal, dry and fat pastel, watercolor, colored or black pencils and collages. The supports can be cardboard, paper, canvas or wood.

In this workshop, no prior technical knowledge is required.

Creativity develops through technique, but the primary driving force is above all interior, a drive that comes from within everyone and pushes them to express their world seen from within.

Wednesday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., places available for the winter-spring 2022 session


Description of the workshop

Painting is a powerful tool for inner development. It allows expression, creation and transformation. In this workshop, no prior technical knowledge is required.

Painting and creating in a freedom of expression and medium such as pencils, acrylic paint and water-based paint is our goal. The workshop offers a space free of any judgment, where respect for everyone is a priority. Within this framework, everything can be painted, expressed, transformed.

Without goal of result, without expectation, without judgement, it allows everyone to find or rediscover the joy and pleasure of living the moment, in all simplicity, just for what it is here and now. It promotes relaxation, self-confidence, in others, creativity, self-respect, respect for others, the discovery of less explored spaces, in joy, sharing, expression…

Painting with the brush, with the fingers, or any other instrument is encouraged. Everyone experiences the workshop at their own pace. The workshop welcomes adults of all ages for a period of 2 hours per week, of convivial creativity in complete freedom and simplicity.

Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., places available for the winter-spring 2022 session

Description of the workshop

Art therapy is a support process that helps to manage stress, increase energy and learn to better find harmony.

Art therapy is used in many fields to improve emotional balance and contribute to recovery for both physical and psychological ailments such as addictions, health problems related to stress, anxiety disorders, depression, relational difficulties and somatization.

You do not have to be an artist to follow this therapy. Indeed, each person has a capacity for expression that they discover by letting themselves be guided. It is important to mention that the work produced is considered more for its therapeutic significance than for its aesthetic value.

The objective of this workshop is to manage complex situations while facilitating communication and creative activity in order to increase self-confidence, concentration and positive feelings.

NB: As this workshop is given online, the participant must be equipped accordingly. The CAP provides the participant with the art materials necessary for the realization of creative projects.

Self-knowledge, through themes for the exploration of one’s strengths through artistic expression. Example: Psychogenealogy, Reparenting, Personal Myth, etc.

Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., places available winter-spring 2022 session – The workshop is given online!

Description of the workshop

The Music (Tam-tam) workshop is a musical activity whose objective is to provide an interactive experience to a group of people through percussion.

It is a group activity involving percussion instruments where participants are arranged in a circle in a safe and welcoming environment. Participants get involved in playing together in a way that promotes group unity and social harmony in a non-competitive environment. Through different techniques and approaches, my role is to bring participants to achieve cohesion while promoting the promotion of constructive social and musical behaviors in a safe and creative environment.

The focus is not on performance, but on the fulfillment and well-being of the group. Through interactive games with percussion, this activity promotes communication and creativity. Working as a group facilitator, I act as a kind of mutual aid regulator. I only seek to help the group and the participants to play music together in a playful and warm atmosphere.

With instruments adapted to the clientele (frame drum, djembes, small percussions that are scratched, shaken or struck with a stick or by hand), percussion has the advantage of being practiced in a group (of 7 or 8 people minimum) in addition to being accessible to everyone. This recreational activity takes place in a circle with chairs without armrests allowing participants to be more comfortable in their movements.


  • Provide sensory gratification
  • Stimulate and develop new skills
  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Develop listening and concentration
  • Improve your memory
  • Break the isolation
  • Reduce anxiety and stress

Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, places available for the winter-spring 2022 session