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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by Giroa Carmi, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, BCPC, BCIM

I think everybody accepts that making art can be good for you. A wonderful example appeared recently in a documentary on PBS about an open studio project in a hospital upstate. A professional artist with a crusading ambition to help patients was given a big space and a big budget. Easels and artist quality materials were bought. The studio opened and was made available for many hours daily. Patients were encouraged to come and make art...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Giroa Carmi's article highlights the differences between the therapeutic effects of making art and how art therapists use artmaking in a way that is so uniquely effective.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Art, as defined by the dictionary, is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. This experiment in art therapy is designed to focus exclusively on positive emotions, personal control and a sense of meaning. Can art really make you happier? You can read the study or just watch the experiment as Julian recreates it for YouTube.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: I view art therapy as involving all the arts, not just visual art. 'Learn about alcohol abuse and sober living in this video. See how music is a great way to rechannel your energy in a positive way.

 

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by Hollie Chantiles

“Artists roam the earth with wide eyes, cultivating artistic inspiration as they amass found objects and other material for their artwork. Most do not need much for inspiration to begin blossoming…” Kelsi Maree Borland...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: The more time we invest in our creativity, the more we will get out of it. With time and dedication, our creativity can take us places that we might have never dreamed! Are you putting the time into creativity to get the results you desire? Do you need to invest more time in it? Sometimes you need to just carve out a little bit of time each day to pull away and let your creativity run free. The more time you invest in creativity, the more you will get out of it. Try making an inspiration box and see just how far your creativity will take you!

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Expressive arts therapist, Natalie Rogers (daughter of famed humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers), demonstrates the power of moving beyond words and into the realm of art with a client

 

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by Jenn Bender

Although my mind believes it is wise and knows best, it really doesn’t. My heart has more wisdom because it knows the greatest heights of joy and the deepest depths of pain. My brain decided it needed to have a talk with my heart about how hard it was working to protect it...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: According to Britannica Online, art is "the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others." Jennifer Bender shares her art that can only be seen with the mind's eye.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: I view storytelling as part of my practice as an art therapist. The power and immense benefit of telling your own story is exemplified in this new documentary about 'normal' people who undergo extreme states which are often misdiagnosed as psychosis. The results of such misdiagnoses can be life-destroying whereas the understanding of your own process and experience can ultimately be profoundly life-enhancing.
From youtube - 'HEALING VOICES is a feature length documentary currently in Production, examining mainstream mental healthcare in the US, and the experience commonly labeled as "psychosis".

 

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by Glenyss Bourne

I began painting the Archangels in 2007 when Suze, a fellow healer had a close encounter with Archangel Michael, in a healing session. He showed himself to her and actually asked her to describe his appearance to me so that I could paint him in his true colours...

 

Editor’s Note: Healing and powerful, one can almost feel the breath of the angel, the healing spiritual colors engulf the soul in need of healing. Her artwork is inspiration on so many levels...

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: A beautiful example of the arts in social activism, social justice. Australian documentary filmmaker, Anna Broinowski, went to North Korea to emulate their propagandist film making methods in her efforts to stop coal seam gas mining. The result is clever, funny, effective.

 

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Curator's Statement from Marie' Sakai: John Van Dreal has shown in numerous shows and has collections in museums and in universities in the United States. His work demonstrates the figure in all its illumination, specifically how light illuminates the figure from within and without. In his "Work in Progress" there is a definite continuation that recalls the realistic artists of European and early American artists. His subtle warm neutrals create a sense of timelessness that not only creates luminous figures, but also conveys a deepening to symbology of the figure's gestures. John Van Dreal's paintings are full of complex and simple lay-outs that bring the composition to its height and gives light to his subject matter. Realistic yet dream-like, these images hold a purity and continues a dialogue between the figures and the flora motifs. Emblems of white roses and women draped in cloth bring to mind feminine beauty in all its glory and love. Allegorical references and specific motifs speak to a narrative of beauty, purity, and hope. Thus, John Van Dreal weaves all of these elements together successfully to create a sacred space for his figures that embues a sense of realization of Beauty Herself.

 

Figure Polyptych 1 in Progress
30 x 30

 

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by Jenn Bender

St. John of the Cross gave us the term dark night of the soul, but it is a theme that has been written about by almost every great poet and mystic. Love and dark nights of the soul, the two extremes of living...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: The dark nights of the soul sounds like something that you would want to avoid. These are the parts of the human journey when you lose a loved one or treasured relationship, face career disappointments, aging, illness, or realize the ongoing dissatisfaction with life. This article by Jenn Bender is about honoring these fragile periods in our lives to delve into the souls deepest needs and finding restoration. It is the art of finding meaning and healing.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: As a literary buff, do you often find yourself trying to find ways to mark the pages of your favorite novel? Here is a great craft to make beautiful and inexpensive bookmarks. It is so easy and it is a fun activity to do with children of all ages.

 

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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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