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Today was our sixth group art therapy session and our second session working on our individual works, which once completed, will be grouped together to form one single group work of art. NB: To view details regarding the first stage please click here.
STEP TWO PART 1 – AT THE SESSION
During this session, I decided to add a blue line across the top and a green line at the bottom of my canvas. I then mixed a lime green paint colour and using a finely pointed paint brush, marked the inside of the heart shape, with stem like markings. Around the top where I had the blue line, I decided to mute the blue line by tapping over and around it with my black paint covered fingers on the canvas. At the base of the canvas, using a small finely pointed paint brush, I used dark green and lime green paint to make fine swirling lines and repeated the process with the colour orange/yellow around the base and along each side of the canvas. The finished effect can be see in the image below.
THE COMPLETION OF THE SECOND STAGE OF OUR ART THERAPY GROUP PROJECT
After we had all completed this second stage of our individual pieces of art work, we all shared a little about our art work and only as much as we wanted to share. Some of us talked about the meaning of it, others talked about what they intended to do moving forward over the weeks to come. We were then given the option to either take our art work home with us to work on further or leave them at the venue to dry. I chose to take mine home to work on and to give me the opportunity to plan what I wanted to do further, during the coming weeks of our art therapy sessions.
At the completion of the art therapy session we packed up and 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…
STEP TWO PART 2 – IN MY HOME STUDIO
The next day, I decided to work on my art work further. Firstly with an ink pen, I outlined the green stems within the heart, and then draw in flowerets at the end of each stem line. Once this was dry, I then coloured in the flowerets with, watered down yellow ink which nicely dispersed within the flowerets shaping. In a couple of spots, I draw in mini flower bugs and small hearts. I decided to ink blotch the top end of the canvas further, to make a stronger statement. Once all this was dry, I pencilled in a boxing shape around the outer edging of the canvas, then use masking tape along the pencilled line and then painted it in gold, to frame the whole art work. The finished effect can be see in the single image below with close-ups in the follow set of images. I am now leaving this art work to sit until our next art therapy session where I will then work on it further.
It amazes me every time, just how much value there is being a participant within this art therapy group. The art therapy facilitator involves the participants in all fazes of the decision-making process, so we are still deciding on how we will bring all the art work pieces together to represent the finished art work as one piece. I will blog each week with up dates to show how it evolves – art therapy at it best I feel…
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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