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Posts Tagged Art and Healing

Outdoor Art Show

  When you come on to campus tomorrow, you will see that art has popped up here and there. There are heads coming out of the ground near the student lounge. There is a nest, made out of skis and tubing behind the main building. And a chair, with feet, waiting to see you. Enjoy the…
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Archetypally Speaking…

In April, a call was made: "Archetypally speaking, who is showing up for you lately? What mentors, thieves, medicine folk, or tricksters are asking you to speak their name, embody their abilities, and artfully express the connections you have? Please, answer the call, create the art, embody the voice that wants to be heard and…
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REBOOT YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT WITH COLLAGE!

by Karen Stefano Ed.M., M.A., L.P.C., NCC Karenstefano@icloud.com, www.tissuepapercollage.net How can you unwind your body and mind, listen to the inner stirrings of your spirit, and supercharge your creativity? It’s easy. Tissue Paper Collage! Mythologist Joseph Campbell said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” The truth is that our…
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ONE LOVE

by Jessica Callaway, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC   I didn't know what to expect when I decided to go to Haiti. I realized when I was on the plane that I was partly, or mostly, going for selfish reasons. I was excited to practice art therapy and teach yoga in an environment I had…
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Psychology of Altruism: A Creative Experience

by Christine Miller, M.A. Candidate in Art Therapy and Counseling at Southwestern College The initial quarter of classes I took at Southwestern College was both exciting and intimidating. It was through one of my first and most memorable classes, that I learned the value of intention. Without a concrete intent to work on something I would get…
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Art Therapy Supervision

As an Art Therapist, I know that the art process is an important container. As a supervisor, I like to weave in art making and sand tray work in supervision, to articulate client and agency issues and express the multi-dimensional experience that a new therapist has. Katelyn did her practicum and internship at a…
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Art Supply Swap!

  Magdalena Karlick and Kat Dison share a vision of providing a safe space to draw people together and experience creativity.  Their goal of spreading the arts was honored last weekend through a community art supply swap that was sponsored by the Santa Fe Creative Arts Center, New Mexico Art Therapy Association, and Southwestern College. With this additional support from the Santa Fe community, the art swap acted as…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Gretchen Wachs

1998 Grad, Gretchen Wachs, LMHC Having worked as a visual artist for most of my life puts me in a unique position as a creative psychotherapist, as I am no stranger to the deep psychological work that goes hand in hand with true creative investigation. This works in reverse as well, and I truly find…
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Shadow Boxes

Shadow Boxes created in my section of Current Trends in Art Therapy, Winter 2013. After exploring a population that students have a form of resistance to working with (from lack of information to disinterest, to strong opposition) through a research and reflection paper, they were asked to look at how their resistance is a…
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Making Crayons

  I have been inspired by all of the crayon melting art that Laura Lopez has been posting on NMATA's Facebook page.  We have a bunch of broken crayons that I have been saving to melt into a new project. Our first project was to make new crayons. I went to Michaels and bought…
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The Arts

Painting by Laura Lansrud-Lopez Words by Deborah John PhD, ATR-BC   I wrote this poem to explain the way that I experience all art forms as deeply connected.   The Artsconnect and move the soulto places we long to be.Ultra-blue or grape-dark skyDrifting thru Obscure fogsFleeing fires being consumedIn climbing and…
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de la calle – Katherine Beck Collages on Display in Art Therapy Building

by Katherine Beck When it rains in Santiago all the posters pasted onto urban walls get wet. There are often many layers of posters glued on top of each other, and the water makes them so heavy they eventually peel off and become trash. This is where I come in, because I *heart* trash. That is…
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Rock Tray Workshop

  Let’s go for a walk, and pick up with permissionpieces from the earth, resting branches, fallen leaves, rocks rolled with time, or shells that once were homes.  What history do they hold?There is room for more, from me. Let’s whisper into the rocks.They can keep our secrets, our emotions, our wishes.  Shells can be…
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Family Art

Materials: Markers, Colored Paper, Scissors, and Glue These days, most presents for family and friends are family creative efforts; Mama and Judah (2 1/2 years old) taking lead. My folks and my brother are all Scorpios, with their birthdays within 2 weeks of each other. This year we made a collage with spontantious scripples, hand…
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Expressive Therapies Summit 2011 by Natalie Carlton

   Introductionby Deborah Schroder   We are blessed with adjunct faculty who have very diverse professional interests. This diversity is reflected in how they practice art therapy, how they create art, and what areas of the field they are drawn to in terms of research and study. This blog will introduce you to an adjunct faculty…
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Insights Rise to the Surface

Capstone Project: Artist Statement Suzanne Otter, Fall 2012 Making art as a way to work through complex personal issues was helpful to me during the many years I worked as an organizational development consultant. I continued this “self-art therapy” during my formal study of art therapy and counseling at Southwestern College. The image-making and journaling…
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Self Betrayal II

 by Rush Cole        ...blackness.  Trapped.  Overwhelmed.  No way out.  Tired, so tired.  Sudden energy from the surge of self-hatred that roared through me.         “Get it over with, you don’t deserve to live!”  The blade against my wrist.       The Voice, coming from a part of me I didn’t know existed. “Put down the…
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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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