Welcome to Art Relief International

Art Relief International works to transform the lives of struggling social groups in Chiang Mai, Thailand by offering them the opportunity to express themselves through an artistic lens.

Art changes lives. It is both a powerful means of expression and a recognized means of therapy – two things that are vital in the lives of ARI participants. ARI works to cultivate creativity, create an atmosphere of inclusion for groups that are often cast out and ignored, and encourage social change.


Our volunteer-based organization relies on dedicated and open-minded individuals looking to make a creative difference in the world. This unique opportunity to volunteer in Thailand rewards both volunteers and ARI program participants alike.

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  • Drawing Water! 28 Jun 2017 | 4:24 am

    As we stepped foot into the Wat (Temple) Pa Pao School, the kids walking around and wai’d us. One foot after another, we made it into the classroom as each kid said, very rhythmically, “Hello teachers, how are you?”. Four new volunteers, myself included, stood in amazement at how well they spoke, and how happy they were to see us. The kids orderly formed three groups and all stunningly watched water move. In this workshop, we wanted to push our drawing techniques by first imitating the line quality of water movement, and apply our practice to a finished piece. As we watched the videos of water moving, the students sketched the still image.

    Our volunteers helped the children draw from still photos of water movement, demonstrating and pointing out special watery aspects to include in the drawings.

    After the kids practiced shading and different lines and marks, we passed around new sheets of paper so they could draw a water-themed picture using specific vocabulary. The kids drew some crabs, fish (all ecstatically called Nemo), coral, etc. The kids got straight to work.

    But they still enjoyed themselves, laughing and approving each other of their work!

    Their drawings were beautiful!…