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Mandalas and Thoughts at Week 8

by Debbie Schroder Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program  It doesn’t really surprise me that as we approach the eighth week of the quarter, I’m finally able to spend a little time putting together an image that contains mandalas created by incoming art therapy students, during orientation. The quarter has been full – of teaching…
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Reclaim!

For those of us who create visual art, whether its for self or for others, it's known that pieces get stuck. Sometimes I will return to a painting or a drawing years later and finish it. Sometimes though, I can't move any further with a piece, and it needs to leave my space, to make…
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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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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 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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Art-Based Genograms: Ancestors Visible

by Debbie Schroder The idea seems simple, initially. When making a genogram (kind of a family tree) use an image instead of a square or circle (how genograms are usually done).  Each week in my Family Art Therapy course, one or two students shared their art-based genograms. Never doubting our students’ creativity, I’m still happily…
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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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Artful Networking in Santa Fe

by Kat DisonBefore moving to Santa Fe, I worked as a full time artist, retainedamazing professional representation, participated in artistresidencies, and frequently held group and solo exhibitions. AlthoughI did well for myself in the profession and was able to support myselfthrough a combination of sales of my art and applications for grants,I wanted to pursue…
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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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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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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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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 butcher paper Various…
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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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