Little Windows into Art Therapy: Small Openings for Beginning Therapists

Little Windows into Art Therapy: Small Openings for Beginning Therapists

Little Windows into Art Therapy: Small Openings for Beginning Therapists

Little Windows into Art Therapy: Small Openings for Beginning Therapists

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I love to paint. I mostly use watercolor and acrylics but one summer I learned how to do silk painting and was astounded at the intensity of the color as it flowed through the silk.

My experience with silk painting has much in common with my thoughts on the use of directives in art therapy. I do wonder sometimes about the use of directives at all. That's kind of strange, I suppose, since this book contains many. I find great joy in making art without any preconceived ideas, and in encouraging others to simply create, using any art materials available. This kind of artmaking reminds me of watching the silk dye go where it will. Interesting colors and forms always show up.

I also find much meaning in making art with intention. Holding an intention or starting with an idea often provides a spark to creativity. Silk paintings can be given lines and structure by using some form of resist that holds the flood of color into desired shapes. The resist is something that the dye kind of bumps up against. In art therapy I think that it is often helpful for clients to have an idea to bump up against.

Either method of silk painting produces amazing images. I trust that any time, any way that people make art, amazing images will surface.

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