Art Studio and Workshop Session
Studio Group: Date 17/10/18
- Focus of the session/topic Weaving in art therapy.
- Facilitator Kevin Burns done H&S and intro to weaving Stacy spoke about her work the Pamela done book club then I gave my talk.
What I experimented with today (e.g. style, technique, art media)?
To be honest this was an easy workshop for me as my background is in weaving. So I challenged myself to do a small piece of work. Which I enjoyed and intend to make more small projects it was satisfying to have a piece done in a short space of time and look effective I’m used to sitting hours so it was a good reward. I wove with found beach material and some indigo dyed hand spun yarn.
How I feel about the session and my creative process(es)?
I really enjoyed talking and weaving it was interesting to see the look of consternation on peoples faces and how the table looms where blowing some peoples minds. I found the process natural and relaxing it was great to just do the work and not plan it my weaving created its self. I really enjoy this type of weaving its a lot more freeing that planning and weaving on a loom. You can make a mistake look on purpose with bicycle wheel/ frame loom weaving.
How will I apply my learning to my practice to benefit clients?
I think from my work I could use it to show people that thing like rope on a beach that looks out of place and litter can be made into something beautiful and visual pleasing with a new purpose that the same can be done with what they have going on lets help make there litter look and feel better. using a frame or wheel is more accessible for people as its not as daunting its more achievable and transportable the frame/wheel is more forgiving if you make a mistake.
It would be a nice small project with groups that could then sew there work together or 1-1 you can use any material you have at hand old clothes ripped into strips, rubbish, yarn, ivy, laces, hair anything really. You could even wind a warp around a picture frame and weave on that.
Personal Highlights: What do I want to remember?
That you don’t need a loom think outside the box weave yarn on fabric use CD and light fixtures wind warps onto wheels Hula hoops bend willow into a shape to weave with. You don’t need expensive yarns or equipment use what you find around you. That talking about my work isn’t a big deal and that i need to learn to sell my work more I know how its done I need to become comfortable standing up and speaking.
Personal Challenges: What can assist me in addressing personal challenges?
Speaking in public I really need to get over that I on purpose did not script what I was saying as I wanted it to be real it was my work I made it I found everything but why do I get so nervous. How do I become comfortable with doing this I know that in the near future I will have to ask clients to talk about there work I wonder do they feel the same way are we worried that people will think we are not good enough
Thinking about Facilitation techniques and it is all about building a relationship and developing communication and respect for each other and themselves
How could we develop communication with kids:-
Relational Portraits, An Opening Exercise for Communication Shared by Sheila Lavery
Drawing a Portrait of our Partner, While Looking into their Eyes
We started the session off with a fun activity where we all had to get a partner a piece of paper and a drawing tool sit looking at each other and draw the person with the paper on our heads it was fun with lots of laughing and talking.
Aim of task
To really look at each other the outcome was not the drawing but the interaction with the other person to do this you were looking into their eyes maintaining eye contact.
I found it fun but also a little frustrating as i couldn’t work out the top and bottom of the page i also lifted my pen of the page and didn’t know where i was. but i let go and enjoyed it. It was interesting as i was trying to drew with my eyes moving pen and eyes at the same time it was fun but also interesting as we were also looking into each others eyes we both had a good laugh at the end with what we had produced. We met with a soft relaxed look if this was a intense cross stare this would have been a different experience. I repeated this task again at a later stage it was still enjoyable and had learnt not to take my pen off the paper.
Could i use it?
yes you could and could alter it to suit people needs you could meet it with more fun and play lets do it faster make it a game or could meet it with more empathy.
I would not use it with people that are having connection problems as this would be to personal for them they may not be able to cope with someone looking at them in such detail.
I would have to be careful of when i would bring this task to a group not sure it on there 1st meeting if it would be appropriate as they would not have built up a relationship with the group yet.
31st Oct 2018
Opening of session Bridget gave use the task of materials:-
- Paper with picture of the outline of a person.
- Oil pastels.
- Choose 5 colours that you like
- Link these 5 colours to 5 things that make you happy
- Using these 5 colours, colour in the page where you feel them
This was a very simple task but made you think about where you feel your emotions and where they manifest in your body. It did make me stop and think i did not start coloring straight away it sounds easy but when you try to separate some feeling it’s hard to work out what they are there are many other factors that link to liking things.
How else could you use this?
- Get into pairs and drew around each others body then do the same task but with your own outline which may help people relate better to it as it is them.
- It can look at physical and mental health and where you feel in your body so could help someone develop where there emotions come from and how they express them.
- I would be good to help someone figure out how internal and external factors affect them and where.
- You could use it to help someone build their identity develop a better relationship with themselves.
- Could be used to help someone realize where they carry their stress.
This would be a task for a group to do after the have formed so that trust is already started to build.
Laura closed the session
Was a task that involved us not talking to each other which came from a discussion the week before about how we react to people non verbally that we can talk and communicate to each other without speaking.
- Get into pairs.
- 1 person has a musical instrument.
- 1 person has paper and chalk.
- The person with instrument has to make music while the other reacts to the sound.
What I learnt?
The musician was in control that you did not have to use your eye either you could close your eyes and be in sink with the person you where following the sound you where the puppet that drew the image and the musician was the controller. You weren’t looking for a visual you where engrossed in the moment and with that person we both became 1.
This could be used to combine Bridget’s exercise where do you feel the sound in your body what colour is it you would not need pairs you could listen to a song on your phone that could be a memory for the client that they can work through without words express it on the page and see what it is like when they are finished.
Paint what you hear
I Found this interesting video of drawing with sound
A journey through art therapy
Lecture on art therapy
Drawing is remembering