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MPS Art Therapy Child Art Development and Thesis Project instructor Lisa Furman, ATR-BC, LCAT, LPC recently conducted a printmaking workshop for an enthusiastic group of Art Therapy Department students, program applicants, and staff.
Using found objects and simple, low cost materials, participants learned printmaking techniques that can be used in art therapy settings with a variety of populations. The techniques promoted a process-based approach to the materials that encouraged experimentation, problem solving skills and sequential planning, especially when multiple techniques were used in a single image. In art therapy practice, resistant clients with little or no artistic training can use these techniques to create beautiful, rich monoprints that encourage greater engagement in the creative process.
Techniques covered included:
1. Found Object Monoprints
2. Trace Monotype
3. Collage and Embellishment
Thanks to Lisa Furman for facilitating the workshop, and to the participants, who were able to generate a good deal of work in less than 3 hours.
Text by Lisa Furman and Art Therapy Department
The special project conducted with International Academy of Hope (iHOPE) in Harlem was a huge success! On March 13, our grad students visited the site and worked with staff and children to create expressive paper dolls with collage materials.
International Academy of Hope serves children, adolescents and young adults, age 5 to 21 who have sustained an acquired brain injury or other brain-based disorders, and who cannot be served in their local school systems.
1st year student Josh Brancheau, described his experience as “challenging and rewarding. For me, the biggest challenge was communicating with kids that are nonverbal. Yet, as we transcended the language barrier with the kids through the art, we were able to witness the pure joy of human connection.”
Kerry Ann Castoria, another 1st year student, worked with a young boy and facilitated a process of nuanced decision-making.
“I would place a different textured material into his hands and he would explore the tactile qualities of the material. He enjoyed ripping and crumpling up the tissue paper. He also tried to tickle his face with a feather. He then would place the object onto the figure in order to direct me as to where I should put glue. I would place the glue and the boy would tap the object into place.
Although most of our communication was nonverbal, the child was excited to verbally identify some of the stickers (“Blue Owl…Yellow Butterfly…Clown-fish…Starfish!”). The child even demonstrated some hesitancy over a placement he made with a material. He decided to rip it off and reconsider the area with a new material. In creating the paper-cut-out people, the project facilitated a lot of opportunities for nonverbal communication, self-expression, and an exploration of personal preferences for tactile materials.”
We hope to continue arranging projects at this new site!
On view March 20-27:
Friday, March 20: 6-8pm
Monday, March 23: 2-4pm
Tuesday, March 24: 2-4pm
Wednesday, March 25: 2-4pm, 5-6:30pm
Thursday, March 26: 2-4pm, 5-7pm
Friday, March 27: 3:30-5pm
Or by appointment, please contact 212.592.2610.
This year’s MPS Art Therapy Department Spring Exhibition, Open Invitation, will be on view through Saturday, March 15 at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133 West 21 Street, NYC. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm
This exhibition is an “Open Invitation” to participate with MPS Art Therapy students and the people they work with at their internship sites. As artwork from the therapeutic relationship is put on display, the general public is asked to contribute to the exhibition formation not only through their presence, but also by sharing artwork on the invitation card and adding it to the show. In an effort to enhance interpersonal value, the focus on process broadens the sense of community and inclusion.
MPS Art Therapy at SVA equips students with a strong clinical foundation, combined with intensive training in studio art, art therapy principles and practices, contemporary theories of psychological development and the nature of creativity. Fundamental to the program is the concept that the art therapist and client work together and thus can affect each other’s growth.
Part of Val Sereno’s second year Community Access Through the Arts class is learning how an art therapist can effectively use the museum for any population. Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community Services at the Museum of Modern Arts, led the class this past week.
This exhibition is an “Open Invitation” to participate with MPS students and the people they work with at their internship sites. As artwork from the therapeutic relationship is put on display, the general public is asked to contribute to the exhibition formation not only through their presence, but also by sharing artwork on the invitation card and adding it to the show. In an effort to enhance interpersonal value, the focus on process broadens the sense of community and inclusion.
The MPS Art Therapy Department at The School of Visual Arts, in partnership with the Cooke Center for Learning and Development, proudly presents the Art Pals Project. This project brings Cooke Center students together in a very special way – through non-verbal, artistic expression.
The Art Pals Project features the abstract artwork of 22 special needs students, from Cooke Center Grammar School and Cooke Center Academy. The students were placed in pairs and encouraged to share their thoughts and communicate their messages using pencil sketches, markers and watercolor paints. This 3-month long postal exchange culminated in the creation of four art pieces per student pair, and became known as the Art Pals Project.
The exhibition is curated by Samantha Tomao (MPS Art Therapy Class of 2012) and will be open February 4-12, 2015 in the MPS Art Therapy Department 5th Floor Project Space Gallery at 132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor. A reception will be held Thursday, February 5, 6-8pm.
The exhibition will be on view Monday-Friday, 2-4pm; or by appointment. Please contact the MPS Art Therapy Department at 212.592.2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a viewing.
During November 2014, MPS Art Therapy alumni Alexandra Caminiti, ATR, LCAT, (Class of 2012) participated in the Department’s inaugural Alumni Residency Program. Her work is now on view in the MPS Art Therapy Department 5th Floor Studio Space at 132 West 21st Street in NYC.
Exhibition Dates and Hours: January 12-30, 2015; Monday-Friday: 2-4pm, or by appointment
Exhibition Reception: Thursday, January 15, 6-8pm
Exhibition Statement: Creating art is a necessity in order for me to be a genuine and present art therapist in my work. This work is primarily focused on process, and the consequence of that has been the sacrifice of intentional and realistic representational form. The onus on the act of creating has alleviated the intolerance I have of errors in the representational image. When the people I work with have a concrete scope of their art/life, it feels imperative for me to create something of endless possibility for interpretation. Abstraction allows large concepts to be conveyed in artwork rather than a specific event, which is often necessary for me to work through ideas rather than dwell on incidences and get stuck in the concrete.
Artist’s Statement: The art I create is almost always a reflection of the climate of my life, as well as my current state of being. At this point color, line, and flow play important roles, appearing more significant and worked through than representational form. I’ve interpreted this as a response to the large amount of time I spend with psychotic individuals in my work as a creative arts therapist. Those with psychotic symptoms are often rigidly cemented to the concrete of their worlds, leaving little space for metaphoric understanding of their experience. As an inadvertent response, my own work seems to contain increasingly more abstract qualities, moving away from the concrete, perhaps an unconscious effort to allow space for interpretation and to make the interpretations innumerable for the viewer. Abstraction is the “quality of dealing with ideas rather than events,” and allows large concepts to be conveyed in artwork rather than a specific thing that happened.
Caminiti will also be conducting a workshop, Self-Care through Process Oriented Art-Making, on Thursday, January 29, 6-8pm. It is free and open to SVA students, faculty, and alumni.