Resources - CREATIVE ART TECHNIQUES
Often words are not nearly enough to describe our feelings. I find it very helpful to use creative art techniques to access them. Children are usually quite happy to draw out their inner most feelings. Adults are shyer about sharing their art and feelings. Usually in time, using the proper tools and a safe environment, both adults and children can express their sadness, anger, frustration, boredom etc. This unhappiness is often expressed in our bodies as well and that helps to bring the images to paper.
Only using verbal communication can keep us pretty static which is why change using traditional psychotherapy strategies is often limited. By stimulating our creativity, we change all aspects of who we are. Dreams are remembered more easily, images are more accessible, and life is more spontaneously lived.
As an artist, I often see things visually and use movies, television , books and art to explore images in our sessions. At times, I offer my art work as a way to see things more clearly.
I often ask clients to simply begin to put colors, shapes, and words, on paper.
Cat Dragon, a dramatic shift in internal organization and general coping abilities. Age 11
As you see below, the 57 year old started very simply using colored pencils and then discovered that she loved using different media to express her unconscious mind. She developed quite quickly in her use of materials. Soon, she was bringing art work into each of our sessions.
The 9 year old’s drawings came spontaneously during our sessions. She loved to answer my questions with her drawings. It was a wonderful and rich exchange.