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Posts by Magdalena Karlick

No Black Crayons

by Deb Schroder As we prepare for the beginning of a new academic year, I take inventory of our art supplies and start compiling lists of what needs to be ordered. From teaching and making art in the large art therapy classroom I became aware this summer, of the scarcity of the color black. Black…
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My Savannah Adventure

by Debbie Schroder Do you remember having to write that dreaded essay in grade school about “what I did during summer vacation”? Summer is far from over, but I welcome the chance to share a little about my “summer vacation”. I attended the American Art Therapy Conference in Savannah about a week ago and thoroughly…
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Journey in Thread

by Katie Weber   The selection of work I chose for this show spans over the last ten years of my life. It reflects my journey into my self. Along this path I have discovered different aspects of my being, but mostly this creative wondering has led me to a deeper understanding of my self…
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Language Recycled

This artwork style combines acrylic paint on canvas, panel, or metal. The materials parallel with sand, ground pumice, rocks, and ‘found objects’ of metal pieces. The metal has an important message; its weight and malleability. Whether the shapes are- formed by time, and events, or sculpted by hand, they represent how time and experience has shaped me.…
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Cymatic Therapy: Self and Other

Cymatic Therapy: Self and Other by Kat Dison multi-media This interactive performance explored the dynamic space within the self and the dynamic space between the self and other, and acknowledged the other that we encounter. In my final presentation for multicultural art therapy with diverse populations, I applied my skills as a musician and sculptor to…
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An Art-Based Ritual

  An Art-Based Ritual by Deb Schroder A summer ritual in the art therapy program has begun again. We’ve started our annual “Portfolio Review” process which is a part of the transition for first year students who are ready to begin second year in the fall. Deborah John and I will sit down with each…
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Ocean View

Ocean View by Garnett Thompson Acryllic paint, glazing medium, plywood, masonite, wood glue The landform in the foreground is laminated plywood, that was clamped together, then cut after drying, and resurfaced with a grinder. To me, it reminds me of many familiar landscapes, such as Monument Valley or images of the Sphinx, or Camel Rock.…
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A Mandala a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

by Eliza Combs Okay, so maybe not once a day, although that would be an awesome practice but at least once a week for 8 weeks or so. I loved getting to come to Seren's Art Therapy Techniques class last quarter and make my 10 minute mandala with watercolors. This was a project I wanted…
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Excess

My introduction to art therapy came in 2007. That year, a close friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer; she later founded ARTS for the Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to women suffering from breast cancer. Wanting to support my friend and honor her new organization, I volunteered my time by working behind the…
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Sara Martin’s Virtual Art Show

Sara Martin Artist Statement One of the most important things I will take from my education and training in becoming an art therapist is that I can now confidently call myself an artist.  I got my undergraduate degree in art, I have been making art ever since I can remember, but calling myself an…
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Group Mandala

Termination Phase ~Group Mandala~ Betsy Sohmer & Camille Grec Presentation Project for Art Therapy Techniques, teacher: Seren Morris Intention: To create a space and activity for the group to experience visual cohesion of the things we’ve learned in class while maintaining perspective of each member’s distinctive contributions. Materials: Two Large pieces of…
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Scene Change: Shadow Boxes

        This is another assignment for my History of Art Therapy: Current Trends class. Students were asked to bring in to class a medium sized box, recycled materials, and an idea about a scene they would like to change: Personal, Professional, or Global.  This was inspired by a project done with Veterans at…
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Journey Shoes 2/24/2012

This is the most recent project in my History of Art Therapy: Current Trends class at Southwestern.  The assignment was started in class, and finished at home.  Inspired by Lori Mackey's "Sole Impressions" project, shoes created by cancer survivors and their families at the Wellness Center in Chicogo, as well as Chun-Shan Yi's article "From…
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Alligator Allchemy

72" x 36" chalk on paper This image was created one summer day on the back of a large scroll of paper flattened and taped to the floor of my garage. Art for me is an attempt to make the invisible experiences of life visible. And so even as I grasp for the formless in…
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Self Portrait

by Deb Schroder, Copyright 2010 3 canvases, mixed media (collage, watercoler, acryllic), 3' x 4' I’m happy to share my tree images – they were meaningful to me as a process and visually satisfying to me as a finished piece. I like to hang on to the art that I create during Open Studios and…
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Final Mandala for Archetypal Psych, Spring 2011

by, Nicole Morgan, Copyright 2012 colored pencils and pen on paper For this project I pieced together several different images that came out of active imagination exercises.  When I finished an active imagination drawing, I scanned it in to my computer then printed it out so I could isolate and cut out specific images that…
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Rainbow Bridge

by Jocelyn Elder, Copyright 2012   I am a SWC alumnus '93. "Rainbow Bridge" was one of a series of paintings I created in my recovery from cancer. Each painting that I did at that time of my life spoke to me, giving me information about what I needed to do (on a psychospiritual level) to heal.Although…
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Southwestern’s Online Art Gallery

 Hello There!  Please enjoy the art, and words about the art processes that are posted here.  ~*~ The blog is intended to inspire the creator within in us all by both seeing various mediums used, as well as reading how the pieces have been created and what they mean to the artist. We will…
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Around the Table

There were five of us around the table today. Two were painting, one was creating with tissue paper, one was using play-doh, and I had the colored pencils out. Sometimes it was quiet, sometimes the conversation was lively. It was a typical “Open Studio” at noon on Tuesday, open to everyone – students, faculty, staff…
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Overwhelmed by Art?

This fall I had the opportunity to present at the European Arts Therapies Conference in Italy. One of the keynote speakers for the conference was Graziella Magherini, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. The title of her Keynote was “Aesthetic Emotion and Health: Arts Therapies in Italy”. One of the issues that she touched upon…
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