Facilitated by the licensed art therapist, participants will use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, build internal and external communication skills, and build cooperative work skills.
One of the most central challenges that trauma victims face throughout their lives is finding or creating a safe haven. This haven, often elusive on the outside, becomes especially necessary internally as a protective space, or nest, for the survivor. Art can be a powerful therapeutic tool to conceptualize and further develop these nests or havens, allowing for the safe places to become visualized and, with further exploration, expanding the nests eventually to allow for trusting relationships. This workshop will begin with a sculpting of each participant's nest which will form the basis for artistic expression of the core safe haven, leading to a flow of art activities that will expand on the theme of safety and trust as different art mediums are used in a way that expands the boundaries of the nest. The natural setting of the Swoope studio will be used to build the nests outside, incorporating them into nature. The artwork can be used symbolically for the individual to "speak without saying", or, as the group becomes more cohesive, the art can be used as a springboard for verbal expression. The day will end with an art exercise emphasizing the collective strength of the survivor group.
The Swoope Art Studio
142 S. Swoope Ave. Maitland, Fl
May 13, 2017
1:00 - 5:00 pm
$55 per person
Registration will be open and fully refundable until May 5th. After this date it will be on a case by case basis so we can ensure we have enough materials and can plan appropriately.
Snacks will be provided. If anyone needs suggestions for lodging, please contact us.