We will be offering a new series about using art to discover more about yourself starting in January of 2023.
- Who Will This Be For? Anyone 18 or older who wants to learn about what their art has to tell them.
- When Will The Workshops Be Held? TBD, likely once a month on a weekend day/Dates TBA by December 1, 2022
- What Will They Cost? Free
- How Long Are The Workshops? 1.25 Hour
- What Do We Need To Do To Sign Up? We will send out the dates and a link in our monthly newsletter and the details will also be posted on the home page
- Will It Be In Person? No, it will be a Zoom call.
- Will It Be Live? Yes, but on zoom
- Artistic Skill Level? None/Amateurs and experts all welcome
- Do I Need to Bring Art: No–we will suggest that people do so and we might recommend a theme beforehand but it is fine to come and observe
- Can I Attend Multiple Times? Come as often as you’d like.
- Can I tell Others About This? Absolutely
- Is This Art Therapy? No, see below for more about how this is different (*)
Art Tells a Story
Artwork tell us something about the person who made it. Even the most simple stick drawings have information–where the person places the figures on the page, the size of different figures and how they relate to each, the kinds of marks they make and the colors they choose–that tell us about something the artist.
Does It Make a Difference If You’re an Artist Versus Someone Who Has No Artistic Training (Or Skill)?
This comes up all of the time when we run workshops. Usually we hear things like “I haven done artwork since I was 10” or “I don’t have a creative bone in their body!” We assure, even the simplest drawing reflects things about you that have nothing do to with your artistic skill.
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 to 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 Communicating?
We look at the visual properties of artwork–things like color, line quality, intensity, value, use of the space, proportion, direction, perspective, etc. and how these elements can serve as a metaphor for the person and what he/she is 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 sometimes come up (as they occasionally do when we run workshops). We usually have people take note of those things and then pursue exploring them in journaling or therapy, but we will keep the focus in the workshop on what the visual aspects of the art.
Why Do You Do This In a Group Format?
One of the beauties of doing this in a group is that we get to see our artwork in contrast to others. Usually at 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–an example of where the expression “a picture tells a thousand words” truly applies.
More Specific Details About the Workshops Coming in the Beginning of December 2022
Stay tuned for more details on the workshops. We will announce them in multiple locations but feel free to sign up for our newsletter (sign up in the footer below) if you want to be sure to be notified. Again, we should have the link posted on the home page when we firm up the dates.