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Today was our second group art therapy session and consisted of four individual exercises. Here within this weblog, I have included two – one I have named “Starry Night” and the other “Brave”.
EXERCISE 1 – “Starry Night”
For our first art for therapy exercise for this session, we were given a small rectangle piece of paper, featuring a copy of a small portion of the Dutch artist – Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting titled ‘Starry Night’ 1889. With our individual particular image portion of his painting, we were asked to do our interpretation of it, within a 20 minute period of time. There were no restrictions, except for the time frame! At the end of our personal creative efforts of producing our own ‘Starry Night’, we were asked to place them on the wall in the sequence that would represent, the original painting (original painting image shown above). I had the section of painting that consisted of the chapel in the background surrounded with small homes in the foreground. It was interesting to see how each of us had interrupted the instructions and how each participant had created their own personal work of art. Most participants indicated that the exercise was a very relaxing experience and for me a good way to start the art therapy session for the day. Below please find my efforts…
On my return home, I couldn’t help but do some research on the life and works of Vincent van Gogh and enjoyed watching the following tv documentary published 26th January 2015.
I also found this interesting YouTube where modern-day technology meets 1889 Vincent van Gogh and shows another approach to artistic application.
This video below was forwarded onto me by a of my followers and offers –
The unexpected math behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” – Natalya St. Clair Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, “When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks. Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work. Lesson by Natalya St. Clair, animation by Avi Ofer
EXERCISE 2 – “Brave”
Our second art therapy exercise for the session involved creating an art work that reflected what others say is a good quality within ourselves. I have to confess that I found it difficult to come up with what others say, perhaps it’s because I don’t listen for these comments, don’t seek them out but I was able to record what is said to me when I do my volunteer speaking to repeat road traffic offenders at Road Trauma Awareness Seminars (RTAS) when I tell my family road trauma story. Often these RTAS participants come to me after the end of the seminars and tell me how brave I am to do what I do which is what many other volunteers do as well with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.
I stated to the art therapist facilitator that I don’t feel brave and I noted for myself this to be an interesting statement. It was something that others had discovered as well, that we don’t often see what others see in ourselves. That the person we show on the outside can be in conflict with what is going on within ourselves – this was an interesting reflection and shows how art for therapy can raise questions that are worthy of examination. Some of us reflected on our thoughts during the group art therapy session and others, for sure will be reflecting further at a time which allows for some soul-searching.
We completed a couple more exercises and then packed up at the completion of the art therapy session. We headed across to the local restaurant for a bite to eat and a friendly chat. It’s a great way to finish up on a positive note and it always works for me…
NB: For the purposes of this weblog series “Art Therapy Group Sessions 2015“, I will not be mentioning any names or personal details of participants or even the name of the organisation that runs the sessions. Individuals have the right to privacy, so it will only be about my own experience – and broad statements about each particular session. I hope you will understand.
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