We’re Starting a New Workshop Series!!

New 2023 Series

Art For Self Discovery: How to Analyze Your Art To See What It Is Communicating

Next workshop February 26, 2023 at 10 am PT/11 am MT/ 12 pm CT/1 pm ET

Art Tells a Story/Your Story!

Artwork tells us something about the person who made it.  Even the most simple drawing give us information about its creator.  Where the person places objects, the kinds of marks they make, and the colors they choose tell us something about the artist.

Come learn about the story your artwork is telling!

Who Is This Workshop For?

Artists Who Want To Learn More About Their Art

  • Artists curious about what their art means 
  • Artists who want to be more inspired by their artwork
  • Artists who are looking for new directions to take their art

Anyone Who Wants to Tap into the Magic of Art as a Tool for Self-Discovery

  • People who want a quick and effective tool to tap into their unconscious mind
  • People who want to better understand themselves and others
  • People who want to learn more about who they are and where they want to go in their lives

Anyone Interested in How Art Therapy Works

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about using visual analysis in the meaning-making process of art therapy*
  • Art therapists/students and artists looking to build and refine their skills in art analysis

Please note that this is not a professional training and does not qualify in any way as credit toward art therapy certification and/or competency.  If you want to learn more about becoming an art therapist we can direct you to resources.  

Art is a reflection of its creator… a reflection of what is inside of them. Paul McCartney

Do You Have To An Artist To Benefit from This Workshop?
No!  This comes up all of the time when we run workshops.  Usually we hear things like “I haven’t done artwork since I was 10” or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body!”  This have nothing do to with your artistic skill.  Even the simplest drawing has a wealth of useful information for you to mine.  

The Art Always Turns Out Differently Than We Intended!
Ironically, the people who are the most surprised by the meaning in their artwork are artists and art therapists.  Although they supposedly have more control over the art media, art rarely goes exactly as planned–even for them!  That’s where the meaning can be the richest.  Regardless of skill, what we end up with versus what we initially intended is a story in and of itself.

Skilled Artist or Amateur:  The Unconscious Mind Doesn’t Care!
What we are saying is that the unconscious has a way of communicating things that even the most skilled artist doesn’t consciously realize.  It reminds us of a silly TV commercial for a Shingles Vaccine.  In the ad, a healthy older woman says, “I work out three times a week and watch my diet” to which a faceless voice emphatically responds “Shingles doesn’t care!” We substitute that with “I’m a highly skilled artist” or “I’m an art therapist” and the response is, “The Unconscious Mind doesn’t care!”

How Do You Read Artwork to Understand What It Is Communicating?
We look at the visual properties of artwork–color, line quality, intensity, value, use of the space, proportion, direction, perspective, etc. and how these elements can serve as a metaphor for the artist(s) and what they are experiencing.  What Jung used to call “A message from the self to the self.”

How Is This Different from Art Therapy? (*)
We will be explaining what art therapy is, but we will not be doing art therapy or teaching people how to be art therapists.  Things that belong in therapy may come up (as they do when we run workshops).  We usually have people take note of those things and then pursue exploring them in journaling or therapy, but the focus will be on the visual aspects of the art.

* Again please note that this is not a professional training and does not qualify in any way as credit toward art therapy certification and/or competency.

Why Do You Do This In a Group Format?
One of the advantages of doing this in a group is that we get to see our artwork in contrast to others’ imagery.  Usually a small number of people will volunteer to show their artwork and even if you are not showing yours, you can see how it is similar or contrasts to other peoples’ work.  You get an instant comprehension that no amount of explaining can give–“a picture tells a thousand words.”

Details

What we will provide:

  • A one hour and 15 minute-long workshop demonstrating how to use the elements and principles of art to understand what your art is communicating
  • A question and answer discussion at the end
What you should plan:
  • Access to Zoom
  • Signing in 5 minutes early
  • Having some simple drawing supplies with you (color markers or pencils, oil or chalk pastels, paper)
  • Staying for the full workshop if possible 

Cost: Free

Duration: 1.25 Hour.

How do I sign up?  Just go to the Zoom link below.

Will it be in person?  No, it will be a Zoom call.

Will it be live? Yes, but on Zoom.

Artistic skill required? No/Amateurs and experts all welcome.

Will we be making art?  Yes.  We will engage in a brief art exercise. 

Do I have to make art?  No.  You are more than welcome to just come, observe, and learn.  

What supplies should I use?  Simple drawing materials will work just fine–pencils, markers, crayons, chalk/oil pastels and drawing paper of any color or size.  You can also use collage or 3-D media if you prefer.  

Can I attend multiple times?  Come as often as you’d like.

Can I tell others about this?  Absolutely.

Access the Workshop

To join the Zoom meeting click the link below
Zoom Link
Just click on the Zoom link** highlighted below in blue to join the call (if for some reason you have trouble with the link, you can also copy and paste it into your browser):

Time: Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 10 am PT/11 am MT/12 pm CT/1 pm ET
Duration: 1.25 hour

To join Zoom meeting click the link below
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85282729174?pwd=a0ExOHlxTUtRaWt6N2VmWHNqSE1OZz09

Meeting ID: 852 8272 9174
Passcode: 854736

Call us at 202 352 5225 or email us if you need any more information.