For some time now I have been curious about a career in art therapy. Last week I took part in the British Association of Art Therapist's foundation course. It was a busy week covering art therapy and childhood trauma, palliative care and working in refugee camps with unaccompanied minors. It was inspiring to see all the situations that art therapy can be used in.
As part of the course we did workshops exploring our own perspectives. One exercise was to draw a timeline of your life, another was to recreate your own signature. This was a completely new way of working for me - very open and completely from the self. Towards the end of the week we made a large scale painting as a group, with a large roll of paper on the floor (below). It was a very freeing experience to throw paint about and see the layers of mixed media build up to a finished piece.
Having received art therapy myself for a couple of years now, it was great to see all the work that goes into becoming a therapist. The course has deepened my appreciation for therapeutic art.
|Collaborative painting by the whole group|