Sunday, February 21, 2016

Visual Art Journaling for Teens & Adults in Treatment: Creative, Messy, Contained

  "Let Go of Certainties"  collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.

Registration for the Master Class Visual Art Journaling for Teens & Adults in Treatment: Creative, Messy, Contained at Fourth Annual Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute is now open.  This class will be a day long intensive from 9:30 - 5:00 on Saturday the 11th of June, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.  The course will offer you a way to present art journaling in your therapy groups or in individual work.  We will be using simple office supplies and collage materials to create journals and then using a variety of “directives” we will explore art journaling as a way of building strength, resiliency, and self-care.

Over the past few years, I've been creating and posting morning pages every day on FaceBook and my blog 14 Secrets for a Happy Artist's Life.   Here's what I have learned so far. 

* If you practice something every day, you get better at it.  
* If you practice something which encourages thought and reflection every day, you become more thoughtful. 
* If you practice something which makes you happy every day, you get happier every day.

As a student, I used to wonder why Edith Kramer, art therapy pioneer, repeatedly encouraged us to create art every day.  She also encouraged us to keep a journal for things we were learning, for the ideas and questions that come to us.  She suggested that these activities, if engaged in fully, would help us grow into our best selves, that we would be able to see our strengths and resilience unfold.  There are a lot of intrinsic rewards built into utilizing our inner strengths and nothing that promotes freedom, independence,  and a sense of self worth better than the realization that we have the power to create our own inner satisfaction and intrinsic rewards. Over these past few years of Morning Pages exploration, I have to admit Edith Kramer had a point about all of this.

This Master Class will be about helping ourselves and the people we work with to grow into the best selves possible, about engaging in a daily art practice, the benefits, challenges and joys of such a practice, and even some specifics for collage work.  In the past I have created eCourses, ‘Zines, and FaceBook groups in which participants can continue to play.  This master class will provide you with links, on-line support, and an eZine to download so you can continue with your own practice at your own pace.  If you have thought about art journaling for yourself or your clients, this may be the class for you.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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