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

The taking of one’s own life is seen by most of us as a tragedy of the greatest proportions. Current statistics surrounding suicide are jaw-droppingly horrendous. According to the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention, one million people die by suicide each year...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I have an ongoing interest in the use of expressive arts therapy in the maintenance of good mental health - both art AS therapy and the use of the arts in therapy to get to the basis of difficulties that could lead to depression. The incorporation of the arts - drawing, scribbling, journaling, poetry, creative writing - into my day ensures that I navigate the difficult moments in my life with a degree of awareness and mindfulness that's not always otherwise possible. This article was written as a prelude to No Laughing Matter: Comedy Gala hosted by The Comedy Channel to support the work of Suicide Prevention Australia.

 

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by Rebecca Lazenby

I’ve been working as a graphic recorder for five years. It was a big leap to go freelance after 21 years of corporate life but I haven’t regretted a moment.

Graphic recording is also known as graphic facilitation or scribing and lots of us call ourselves other things like live illustrator or visual practitioner...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: As an art therapist, I'm interested in the effectiveness of images as opposed to text as communication. I was intrigued by Rebecca Lazenby drawing at the side of the room at a recent local Council event I attended. During a break, I approached her to look more closely at the drawing. It was a visual representation, quirky and cartoon-like, that was taking shape as the event progressed, encapsulating the discussion thus far. The conversation that ensued between us focused on images as communication tools. Both the imagery that emerges from the unconscious of an art therapy client and the images which Rebecca draws at conferences/meetings encapsulate far more than their surface appearance, both are ways of making connections, of telling stories, that aren't as effectively done via words or text alone.

 

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

The taking of one’s own life is seen by most of us as a tragedy of the greatest proportions. Current statistics surrounding suicide are jaw-droppingly horrendous. According to the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention, one million people die by suicide each year...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I have an ongoing interest in the use of expressive arts therapy in the maintenance of good mental health - both art AS therapy and the use of the arts in therapy to get to the basis of difficulties that could lead to depression. The incorporation of the arts - drawing, scribbling, journaling, poetry, creative writing - into my day ensures that I navigate the difficult moments in my life with a degree of awareness and mindfulness that's not always otherwise possible. This article was written as a prelude to No Laughing Matter: Comedy Gala hosted by The Comedy Channel to support the work of Suicide Prevention Australia.

 

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by Sarah Leavitt

I’ve always had a really bad memory. So when my mother got Alzheimer’s disease, I knew that I had to record what was happening to her and to our family. I wanted to be able to look back over my notes and remember all the moments of craziness, beauty, and tragedy -- and not lose any of them...


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Sarah Leavitt uses the art of comics to give the extraordinarily moving and vivid account of living with and loving a family member with Alzheimer's. The details are filled with humor and insight. The book will leave you breathless, heartbroken, and profoundly grateful.

 

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by Jeanine Austin, PhD, CHt

Charles Feildelson Jr., Yale professor, said that “Life is a series of little deaths out of which life always returns.” Most of us, at least by midlife, have discerned the truth about this affirmation. Life is comprised of loses, some gut wrenching and perhaps others more benign, but with each transition or death something new is brought forth...


Note: Learn about the day of the dead through the eyes of Dr. Jeanine Austin as she goes to Mexico to experience the love, devotion and deep-rooted traditions of El Muertos, The Day of the Dead. Perfect time for Halloween, to understand the concepts of death and the elements of rebirth through the sacred ceremonies and celebration of this auspicious holiday.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Leonardo da Vinci had no formal education, but he was endlessly curious about the natural world. He examined it and studied it. We know what he was thinking because he left behind 6,000 pages of drawings and notes. This is a great video for getting to know this famous artist.
 

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

Stroud is a pretty little town nestled peacefully in the Karuah Valley, NSW. The verdant green and rolling hills surrounding Stroud are more reminiscent of England than of the wide brown land of Dorothea Mackellars’ poem, My Country**. Maryjane O’Dell’s house and garden in the main street of Stroud combines the quaintness of a cottage garden and a home lovingly and skillfully restored, with a quirky sense of humour. The result is a delight for the senses...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Maryjane O'Dell would not consider herself to be an artist but the fact is that she is one. Her home, Ye Olde Bakehouse, in Stroud, Australia is one of those places where the creativity of the owner jumps out at you. Her joy in making and constructing things is evident everywhere you look and the result is a delight for the senses.

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: From youtube - 'WINK News interviews Collier County's only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, David Lawrence Center, about a new creative, expressive art therapy program designed to help clients access their innermost selves. The program is being used in the Crossroads adult residential substance abuse treatment program and was featured in the Community Gallery at the Collier County Sheriff's Office Administrative Offices.'

 

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from Artist-Perspectives.com

I revisit a number of themes in my paintings. Death, transcendence, impermanence, all of these come up in my works over and over, subtly or overtly. I use my paintings as a means to finding the invisible patterns all around us...

 

Editor’s Note: Felix Eddy's artwork emphasizes the figure in new and thoughtful ways. Her artwork lens towards thematic references on Death, Transcendence and Alchemy. Hidden messages and symbolism are just the beginning to Felix Eddy's work...

 

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by Hollie Chantiles

Lie down or sit comfortably in a chair with both feet on the floor.
  

Breathe in and out … yes in AND out … we have a tendency to forget the OUT part when we are concentrating on something new and not quite comfortable for us. Do this for about 3 minutes, keeping one hand on the chest above your heart, and the other on your navel to feel the passage of breath...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This is an excerpt from the book Finding Sweet Home by Hollie Chantiles. Her book is a collection of entries from her journal and blog. It has pictures that she has painted and images that she has painted. She started this project 4 years ago and one of the first things she completed were some answers to a very simple sounding question, "What does HOME mean to you? This is a meditation that she did to find answers to that question.

 

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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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