About Us

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    Hi,

    I’m Filomena Goss. When I started Studio Alessia I was a single mother of a wonderful, full of beans 6 year old son, who has ADHD. In the weekend and any spare time we have we were doing creative or artistic things. I am a portrait painter and have been painting professionally since 1990 but have really been painting ever since I could hold a brush!

    Throughout the years using art as therapy, my life has turned around. I now have a wonderful Husband, and my only child become one of four, which include a stepson and together, we now have a two children William, who has Down syndrome and a daughter Ava

    I started to read books on art therapy and wondered how I could use it to help others in the way art helped me. I now have many students with learning difficulties and see them in a class environment as well as in one-on-one sessions. My aim was to change how children and parents perceive art.  I want to show that art is not just an activity that children do, but that it has many educational benefits and helps with building the attention span of young children, not to mention a therapeutic elements. I now want to spread our wings and pursue further courses in art therapy to formalise my knowledge of something I have experienced in which I truly believe.

    Art as a form of therapy has been proven to help children with dypraxia, Asperger’s, Autism ADHD and many learning difficulties. Art therapy has also been used as rehabilitation patients.

    Our Studio is also recommended by occupational therapists, psychologists and doctors in the Macarthur area for many years now.

    We look forward to seeing you at Studio Alessia…the art studio.

    MOZ-art

    In our MOZ-art classes Laura’s aim is to use the accessible medium of music to encourage creativity through singing, drumming, writing songs, playing percussion instruments, dance, improvisation, and many more activities. Filomena’s role with MOZ-art will be using art as a form of therapy via painting  (including group murals), drawing, creative writing, and making models to name a few, both therapies aims to improve self-confidence, social skills, motor skills, coordination, and many other skills depending on the needs of the children in the class.

    MEET OUR TEAM

    FILOMENA GOSS

    Filomena, the principle at Studio Alessia… the art studio started the studio, after the stillbirth of her daughter Alessia.  Having had a background in art, she became extremely interested in using art as therapy for herself as well as her 6 year old son and it changed their lives and in the past 7 years it has also change the lives of many of her students.  Filomena now uses art as a form of therapy with children with behavior or social difficulties as well as children dealing with difficult situations in their lives, either in a one to one session or in a group environment. She completed a Certificate IV in visual Arts at Campbelltown Tafe in 2009 and a diploma in fine arts 2010-11. She is currently studying Art therapy at the college of complementary medicine. Filomena has been teaching art for the past 7 years and has built a fantastic reputation with her students and their parents

    BIANCA BURNS

    Bianca has completed a Certificate IV in visual Arts at Campbelltown in 2011 and is currently an Artist/student at the National Art School in Sydney, one of the most respected art schools in Australia.  Bianca is a young, highly motivated and creative person, who is great with children, due to her background in childcare. Bianca’s roll at the studio entails conducting classes, with our older children she provides our student with the tools that will take them to next level in art. She has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of art and has the ability to keep the children focused and keen to learn more. I believe Bianca is a true asset to our students as well as our studio.

    LAURA SWALLOW

    Laura is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT).  She has a Masters of Creative Music Therapy as well as a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education.   Her music therapy experience include,  Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre in Penrith working with individual sessions and groups, and at the Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospitals and also at Wilmot Public School working with children with behavior or social difficulties. She also teachers Flute, piano and music classes for children at Dynamic Rhythms Music Centre in Narellan, and have done so for the past 7 years.