Artist Development

These stages are as dependent on a child’s exposure to art and art media as they are on a child’s innate artistic ability or fine motor skills . It should be noted that because a child does not seem to go beyond a specific developmental stage, it does not mean that the child has a cognitive or…

Reflective Practice

    The Gibbs’ reflective cycle (1988) encourages a clear description of the situation, analysis of feelings, evaluation of the experience and analysis to make sense of the experience. This would be followed by conclusions where other options are considered and reflection upon experience to examine what one would do if the situation arose again….

Endings

  When you think of the word ‘ending’ what do you think about? Ending a relationship? Finishing a good book? Leaving a job? Changing hairdressers? Death? You’re right. These are all endings, and the more of them we experience, the more you will likely form a pattern of how you deal with endings overall. “When…

The Karpman Drama Triangle

The Karpman Drama Triangle models the connection between personal responsibility and power in conflicts, and the destructive and shifting roles people play.[3] He defined three roles in the conflict; Persecutor, Rescuer (the one up positions) and Victim (one down position). Karpman placed these three roles on an inverted triangle and referred to them as being…

Adventure Therapy

  Adventure therapy, as a distinct and separate form of psychotherapy, has become prominent since the 1960s. Influences from a variety of learning and psychological theories have contributed to the complex theoretical combination within adventure therapy. Spending time in nature through outdoor therapy can improve mental health in a number of ways. For one, time outdoors has…

Reflective Writing

Art therapists have emphasized the therapeutic effects of self-expression through art. However, the art in art therapy typically includes the visual arts (e.g., painting or drawing), while linguistic expressions, especially writing, are more often considered important in expressive arts therapies. Art therapy can be an integrative approach by embracing the multisensory and multimodal nature of…

Reflective Art-Making

“Altered Books and Visual Journaling”: “All art-making is in some way about transformation and renewal; altered art empowers the creator to restore what has been lost and make changes to what already exists through symbol and metaphor.” Once I started my academic studies my artwork moved away from realistic paintings of scenery and landscape to…

Trauma

When we experience a traumatic event the part of our brain that is responsible for language (the Brocas area) shuts down. At the same time, our brain’s danger recognition centre is on high alert and records the traumatic memory visually and in the form of bodily sensation (Rausch et al, 1996). Using art to express…

Anxiety

Art therapy has potential benefits for us all. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy exercises help “foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, [and] reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.” However, this particular treatment has also been studied and proven to specifically help those who deal with anxiety disorders. Especially when used…