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
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Paper beads are a great way to recycle old magazines, junk mail and newspapers. They are are attractive, inexpensive, and can be used in a variety of projects. This tutorial is a demonstration on making fun paper beads. Enjoy!

 

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from ChronicBabe.com

Christa Barnell is a fine artist living and working in Carbondale, Ill. Despite her chronic daily headache, Christa supports herself with art—and uses it as a sort of therapy. ChronicBabe caught up with Christa about her work, her headache, and everything in between...

 

Editor’s Note: Christa's artwork conveys deep and poignant messages that reflect her internal world. She uses her artwork as a form of therapy to cope with her chronic daily headache. Her colorful palette illuminates her paintings as well as the subdued hues that speak of deep emotions...

 

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by Debra Lansdowne

I am currently a student of Transpersonal Art Therapy in Sydney, Australia. My working life has covered 40 years of various twists and turns all taking me to the point where I stand now, in my mid 50’s, feeling I have many life experiences to share with others in my community. I was looking for a new direction in my working life that would be creative, joyful and assist others to find their joy...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Debra Lansdowne is studying Transpersonal Art Therapy and gaining immensely from the experience. I asked her to write an article for ATH about designing a ritual to enable her to deal with any left-over 'stuff' from her adolescent years. Debra's story is a lovely example of the additional insights which can be gained by incorporating the arts and the mind-body connection in a creative way. Working with all our senses, honouring the wisdom of our body and creating meaningful rituals for ourselves can lead to profound healing which may not always happen via more conventional, mainstream methods.

 

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by Liesa Catharina Kyriacou

SoulArt commissioned paintings are personal paintings created through prayer and meditation.

There are different types of SoulArt paintings available so please take the time to read about what this artist can offer you...

 

 

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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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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Dot-to-Dot projective drawings are used in art therapy as both a diagnostic and on-going therapy tool to help clients get in touch with unconscious thoughts and feelings. In this video, I take the viewer through the steps of creating a dot-to-dot drawing and through a simplified analysis. This is a great exercise for people with writer's block.

 

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by David Gerbstadt

When I tell my best friend the state of affairs, he tells me, “You have gotten this far -- over 1,800 days -- and everyday you have enough to get through the day. Enough: food, shelter, money, and love...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that has many of the same symptoms as depression, but  occurs after a person has seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. This is an article by artist, David Gerbstadt. He wrote this as a blog entry to describe his daily life and how he is coping with PTSD.

 

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by Geron and Rebecca Countess
Brenda Wintermyer was born in south central Pennsylvania. Brenda has loved to draw and paint since she was a little girl. When she was 10 years old, Santa surprised her with her very own easel and art supplies. She remembers thinking, “If Santa thinks I am an artist, I must be an artist!”

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Geron is an art student of Brenda Wintermyer. Geron loves bright, vibrant colors and is a great admirer of Brenda's work. At the end of one art class, Geron asked Brenda how she came to become an artist. This is Brenda's story.

 

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by Jennifer Gordon

Patients of Heartland Health’s Obstetrics & Gynecology shouldn’t be surprised if they hear the faint strains of Civil War music drifting through the corridors.

Dr. Robert Corder plans to share his hobby, playing the Civil War tunes on the violin, with his patients and his caregiver staff. Soon his repertoire will include Christmas carols...

 

Editor's Note: Heartfelt and truly wonderful healing article Jennifer Gordon writes about the benefits of music and art around patients and give specific studies from the National Endowment for the Arts found that music and art have helped lower the patient's anxieties as well as the Society for the Arts in Healthcare also demonstrated that the work environment is more satisfactory to the nursing staffs in hospitals where there are art programs...

 

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by Susan Filson

I am not a writer, but I do a lot of writing...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I asked a friend to write a piece on how she had used the arts to help her through difficult moments in her life. Susan is an extremely brave and resilient woman who has, in the last five years, weathered the death of a  much-loved son through cancer as well as a diagnosis of cancer herself.  Susan has travelled extensively with her botanist husband, Rex, and describes herself as more of a reader than a writer. A stalwart of the local Writers’ Group, even though she does not consider herself to be a writer, this is what she wrote anyway.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Four people share their different experiences of being in an Art Therapy Group - e.g. how it worked for them when talk therapy didn't, what they discovered about themselves via drawing, being able to make distinctions between mental/emotional states, an increase in confidence, dealing with schizophrenia, being less disturbed by an emotional or mental state once it was on the page.

 

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by Karen Paust

My quest as an artist has been to put a spotlight on the beauty of a weed, a dandelion, a decaying leaf turned into lace. We are surrounded by beauty every moment and it seems like people are just not seeing, and appreciating their surroundings...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Karen Paust is a prolific artist with an incredible gift for beading, knitting, and painting. She has a background in botany which is apparent in so much of her work. Please visit her at www.KarenPaust.com to see more of her spectacular artwork!

 

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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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