ARTS & ART THERAPY
What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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by Bernd Wechner

Symbols are amazing things. They rule our lives. When we overestimate their power, we suffer, when we underestimate their power we suffer. Just what is a symbol and why are they so important us?

 

Symbols are all we have to communicate with one another, to share our ideas and feelings. Deeper still, they form a great part of how we talk to ourselves, that is, how we think, process and summarise our ideas and experiences.

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Ever since Bernd was a child, he has dreamed of wandering the world aimlessly in search of his fortunes. After studying and working for a while, with enough of the stable life behind him, he set out to do just that. He collected a respectable pile of experiences and information on the road before he migrated to a more steady home and family life. This is a reflective piece that he wrote about symbols.

 

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by David Gerbstadt

Drawing is moving a pen, pencil, crayon—or really anything that can make a mark—on paper. In college, it took one teacher to tell me I was swimming in the deep end—in other words, that I was good at art! It took just one person to make me aware I was worthy of something. Up to that point, I had no idea I was ‘good‘ at anything....

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: David is a working artist who lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was in a terrible bicycle accident and used art to heal. This is an excerpt from his book, One Breath at a Time.

 

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by Gina De Gorna

Color is light, which splits into different wavelengths, vibrating at different speeds and different frequencies. Black objects absorb all wavelengths and do not reflect any. Objects that reflect all wavelengths and everything are white. Between black and white lies COLOR...

 

Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: In her article, she speaks of color having energy, vibrations, and deep insight to the ability to heal. This is called Color Therapy. She gives specific advice and relevant information on how colors affect the body, spirit, and the energy field. This is a great resource for anyone who is interested in the power of color and how it can transform and enhance your life.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This is political satire art about the development of Suburbia and conformist middle-class ideals. There are references to "little boxes" of different colors which refer to suburban tract housing. Nancy Reynolds is the artist/songwriter and political activist who wrote this song in the early 1960's when she saw the housing developments around Daly City, California. Her daughter describes the creating of this piece, "My mother and father were driving South from San Francisco through Daly City when my mom got the idea for the song. She asked my dad to take the wheel, and she wrote it on the way to the gathering in La Honda where she was going to sing for the Friends Committee on Legislation. When Time magazine (I think, maybe Newsweek) wanted a photo of her pointing to the very place, she couldn’t find those houses because so many more had been built around them that the hillsides were totally covered.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: There are so many interesting stories about Pablo Picasso and this video clip is full of them. A classic one is Picasso's response to a Nazi soldier. The Gestapo would visit Picasso every so often because they were convinced he was hiding Jewish artists. One time when they were snooping around through his things, a soldier came across a postcard with one of Picasso's most famous works: a depiction of what happened when a German bomb lands on a small Spanish town in the Basque region during second World War. The Nazi asks Picasso, "Did you do this?" Picasso says, "No. You did! Take one ... souvenir!" It is a wonderful story and it makes you wonder "what can art really do in the face of atrocity?" This video is an attempt to answer that question.

 

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by M. Edwin Green, BA, MDiv, ThM, DMin

She did what so many of us do… she fell in love and got engaged. Everything seemed headed for a storybook wedding when out of nowhere the family began squabbling over wedding arrangements...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: If you are in a family, have friends, and interact with other people, then you are inevitably going to deal with conflict. The question is never whether or not there will be conflict. The question is how are you going to deal with it. The difference between happy and unhappy relationships is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of forgiveness. It truly is our deepest need and our most difficult and highest achievement.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Sile Molloy is a fellow Transpersonal Art Therapist here in Australia. I met Sile last year when she very kindly offered to help me with the orgainisation of a film festival during Mental Health Month. Sile's motivation for becoming an art therapist was running art classes for children and recognising that their work together could be used to help children deal with difficulties in their lives and help with their ongoing wellbeing. This youtube clip is a beautiful piece of visual storytelling which outlines Sile's journey to becoming an art therapist.

 

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by Jean Pollack, PhD

Has life become just another thing to check off your to-do list? In my practice, many young people in their 20’s and 30’s have similar unconscious or conscious life goals that they want in a specified order — particular achievements to cross off “their list...”

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: In this article, Jean Pollack helps you step back from your fast-paced, social media-driven life so that you can develop a rhythm that flows rather than resists your natural urge to rest or create. When you live a creative life, you are able to enjoy yourself, understand your purpose, know yourself and create so that you move toward more happiness.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: In this Art Therapy Video from Veria Living, Blind Artist John Bramblitt began to lose his eyesight when he was just 11 years old, but you wouldn't know it by looking at his work. He uses a special fabric paint that leaves raised lines on the canvas so he can track his progress. For colors, he says each color of paint has a different feel. He knows the colors by touch. Believe it or not, John says the world's a much more colorful place now that he's blind.

 

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by Karen Adler, ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy,
Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Grad Dip Material Anthropology

“[God] is before all else the Great Creator, the Great Artist. Art is perhaps the most godlike of human activities. For out of the apparent chaos of life the artist evolves order, symmetry, grace, movement, as out of the void God evolved the worlds spinning rhythmically in space.’’
Thomas MacGreevy...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I have a great deal of admiration and respect for people who have survived addictions and mental illness and embarked upon their recovery journey. STIGMA is an Ohio-based multimedia exhibition designed to challenge the misconceptions of mental health and substance abuse disorders and   features works by artists from around the world, myself included. I heard about the exhibition last year via a Facebook group called Sydney Recovery. I approached the exhibition orgainiser, Kyle Schalow, about writing an introduction for the exhibition catalogue from the perspective of both an art therapist and a curator. This piece of writing is the result.

 

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by Jo Kelly

I have always done artwork for myself as a child and young person and went to art school to study art in my early twenties after living in Papua New Guinea and being a ceramicist.  However, I found art school frustrating and eventually trained as a teacher with art as my main subject area...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Art therapy is relatively unknown in Australia. It's not as well-established as it is in the UK or in the US. I came across Jo Kelly via linkedin and she very generously shared information about her work as an rt therapist and her PhD research. Jo hopes that her PhD will add to the body of research regarding art therapy in Australia and contribute to early intervention and mental health options for young people.

 

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From YouTube - 'Picking up a paint brush or decorating a mask is something we often associate with child's play. But it turns out that art-making has the power to do much more. War News Radio's Elliana Bisgaard-Church reports on the healing effects of art therapy for trauma victims, specifically for combat soldiers home from Iraq and Afghanistan.'

 

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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.

 

 

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