Art therapy is an important and popular treatment technique for a variety of health conditions and mental health problems. There are different forms of art therapy that can be used today. The type of expressive therapy chosen should be focused on the well-being of the patient taking part in the art therapy process, and the outcome. Here are five popular types of art psychology used today.
This is one of the most limitless art therapy techniques. Painting gives the patient a great deal of freedom as they are able to paint whatever they wish. It mainly involves creating images using a blank canvas or using tools to assist the patient in manipulating and constructing images. In art therapy, painting involves spray painting, watercolors, acrylic paints, and many more.
Use of textiles in expressive therapy involves puppets and stuffed toys. This form of creative therapy is important for children and adults who have physical difficulties using art supplies that need fine motor skills. Textiles tend to add a sensory level of texture and softness that can help in providing a level of safety and comfort for the patient. This can be crucial in building trust between the therapist and the patient. Textiles help patients to express themselves without the need to use pen and paper.
Photography is one of the types of art therapy used to integrate past images, memories, and digital manipulation of photographs. Patients can use photographs from their lives to assist in stimulating memories, and use digital technology to come up with a more positive framework. Patients can also use smartphones to take pictures of different things, for example, people who love them, or images that they find pleasing and beautiful.
Collage involves cutting and sticking together pictures that express the patient’s emotions, or that inspire them. It is a more passive approach when compared to painting and drawing, because it involves manipulation of already designed and constructed items like word titles and magazine images. This is an ideal task for patients who have difficulties making decisions or starting tasks. Collage gives patients a great sense of freedom and it also enables them to explore their creative side without the need to draw or paint.
Drawing technique involves a patient using an item for easy mark marking. Supplies used in drawing include charcoal, pastels, pens, pencils, crayons, and paper-based substrates. Most clients are conversant with drawing supplies and they can use them with very little frustration or instruction. This form of therapy does not require any drawing skills as it is not intended for producing an artwork, but for helping the patient to explore their emotional aspects through creative art.
The different types of expressive therapy can have significant effects on the emotional, physical, and mental well-being of the patient. Most clients will prefer a specific type of art therapy because of prior exposure or experience. Furthermore, some may avoid some types of creative therapy techniques that they have never been exposed to. A good therapist will help the patient to pick a therapy technique that focuses on the well-being of the client and the foreseen outcome.
Bonnie Comley Nothing To Wear
Bonnie Comley stepped into the art world last night. She and ChaShaMa presented a piece called “Nothing To Wear”, at 340 East 64th Street, which is an interactive installation, a thought provoking look at fast fashion and body image. This provocative look at our relationship with our clothing choices as it pertains to our self image, fast fashion and textile waste, challenges the fashion industry to create an alternative to current business models and the global appetite for consumption. “Nothing to Wear”, asks viewers to question dress codes like the current policing of women in political office, facilitates self-reflection on biases regarding our own clothing and the community around us as uniform, self-expression, or just protection from the elements of weather.
Also involved were Sarah DeMarino – Co-Producer/Director, Leah Lane – Soundscape Monologue Writer and Jasper Isaac Johns the Exhibit Designer.
At the opening and on certain dates Hannah Durant Joe Guccione and Dallas Bernstein perform monologues that coincide with the project. These mini playlets were insightful and thought provoking.
In attendance were:
Bonnie is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer. She has, also, won an Olivier Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. She was recently re-elected as the Board President of The Drama League. She is a full member of The Broadway League and the Audience Engagement and Education Committee. Comley has produced over 40 films, winning five Telly Awards and one W3 Award. She is also the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD, the world’s premier online streaming platform delivering over 300 premium live productions to theatre fans globally. The theatre community has honored Comley for her philanthropic work; she is the recipient of The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, The Drama League Special Contribution to the Theater Award, The Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and The Theater Museum Distinguished Service Award.
ChaShaMa helps create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. Currently, they present 150 events a year, have workspace for 120 artists, and have developed 80 workshops in under served communities. They have awarded 11 million dollars worth of real estate to artists and have subsidizes another 300 with work spaces. They provide over 215 free art classes and have supported over 75 businesses with free space
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New-York Historical Society Celebrates Women’s History Month
Throughout Women’s History Month, the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), will showcase women’s stories through exhibitions, installations, and public programming.
On International Women’s Day, renowned Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick and New-York Historical’s Chief Curator Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto will be in conversation over a live, free Zoom discussing WalkingStick’s exhibition Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School, on view at New-York Historical through April 14. Other exhibitions and displays on view throughout March include Women’s Work, an exhibition that demonstrates how “women’s work” defies categorization; Women Who Preserved New York City which explores how Shirley Hayes, Margot Gayle, and Joan Maynard galvanized communities to save historic buildings and places; and Serving Style: Ted Tinling, Designer for the Tennis Stars, which turns a spotlight on the designer who made many of Billie Jean King’s iconic looks. On March 3, the ninth annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History will center on exploring how we understand “care.”
Additional details follow:A Conversation with Kay WalkingStickFeaturing: Kay WalkingStick, Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto Friday, March 8, 6 – 7 pm ET Free | Presented live on Zoom Celebrate International Women’s Day with this online event featuring renowned Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick in conversation with New-York Historical’s Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto. WalkingStick is the focus of our acclaimed exhibition Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School, which places her work in a fascinating dialogue with 19th-century Hudson River School paintings and explores the relationship between Indigenous art and American art history. They’ll discuss WalkingStick’s remarkable career, her recent invitation to the Venice Biennale, and her decades of work reimagining and reframing the American landscape.Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River SchoolOn view through April 14 Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School places landscape paintings by the renowned, contemporary Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick in conversation with highlights from New-York Historical’s collection of 19th-century Hudson River School paintings. This artistic dialogue showcases the ways in which WalkingStick’s work both connects to and diverges from the Hudson River School tradition and explores the agency of art in shaping humankind’s relationship to the land. The exhibition celebrates a shared reverence for nature while engaging crucial questions about land dispossession and its reclamation by Indigenous peoples and nations and exploring the relationship between Indigenous art and American art history.Women’s WorkOn view through July 7 Presented by the Center for Women’s History, Women’s Workshowcases approximately 45 objects from New-York Historical’s own Museum and Library collections to demonstrate how “women’s work” defies categorization. The items range from a 19th-century mahogany cradle to a 20th-century doctor’s dissection kit to a pinback button with the message “Shirley Chisholm for President.” The exhibition seeks to demonstrate that women’s work has been essential to American society and is inherently political: Women’s work is everywhere.
Women Who Preserved New York CityOn view through June 9 This installation explores how three women—Shirley Hayes, Margot Gayle, and Joan Maynard—galvanized communities to save historic buildings and places. Each subverted gendered expectations that limited them to the domestic realm and instead led campaigns to protect the historic cityscape.Serving Style: Ted Tinling, Designer for the Tennis StarsOn view through June 23 Our installation turns a spotlight on the designer who made many of Billie Jean King’s iconic looks. King and Tinling had a tremendous influence on the visibility of women on the tennis court. King’s tenacity and commitment for equal rights, together with Tinling’s bold designs, challenged conventions about what women can do, emphasizing that women can be simultaneously powerful, strong, and feminine.
On and Off the Clock: Reconsidering Women’s WorkSunday, March 3, 12—5 pm ET $4; Free for Women’s History Council Members The ninth annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History will center on exploring how we understand “care.” Across three linked panels, we probe what “care” means, who does the work of caring, and what services get pushed to the margins by our current social policy framework. The conference will culminate with a keynote conversation on reproductive care. Reception to follow.
Events for March
St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, a Harlem Renaissance exhibit at the Met with160 works by Black artists. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature,at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9. The Orchid show continues until 4/21 at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald.
3/1 -3: The Vienna Philharmonic one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, takes center stage at Carnegie Hall.
3/3 -5: Coffee Fest NY Javits.
3/3 -5: International Beauty Show Javits.
3/6 – 10: The New Colossus Festival provides a platform for new artists, including international bands making their NYC debuts. The festival will take place across multiple venues mostly spread throughout the Lower East Side and the East Village, including Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Heaven Can Wait, and others. This year’s artists include Cucamaras (UK), Ducks LTD (Canada), Heffner (US), Holiday Ghosts (UK), Hotel Lux (UK), Housewife (Canada), and more. You can check out the full lineup and schedule of events here.
3/8: International Women’s Day
3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown
3/1 -17: The Annual Flamenco Festival with 22 performances across 13 different venues all over the city.
3/1 -17: The New York International Children’s Film Festival
3/17: Join in on the 263rd celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. The parade kicks off at 11am, moving along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 82nd Street. This year’s grand marshal, Maggie Timoney, president and CEO of Heineken USA, is only the fifth woman to lead the parade since its inception.
3/20 -24: Affordable Art Fair with over 400 living artists to discover you are sure to find your next perfect artwork.
3/23 – 11/: JAPAN Fes, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is the largest Japanese food festival in the world, with over 1,000 vendors.
3/24 – 4/7: The Annual Macy’s Flower Show created in partnership with Dior.
3/26 – 10/2: Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission.
Events For February
There is still the Bryant Park Winter Village’s iconic bumper cars, two Broadway tickets for the price of one and restaurant week end February 4th. Heated Igloos, ice skating goes high on the Edge’s sky deck. Winter markets are still open in February. Don’t miss out on some of the best cultural events of the year during Black History Month after free Fridays make it affordable.
2/2-4: New York’s iconic vintage show Manhattan Vintage over 90 dealers
2/9-11: New York Fashion Week all over NYC
2/9: National Pizza Day
2/11: Experience The Super Bowl Hype The Empire Rooftop Lounge. Participate in a whole host of contests, delicious menu items available to order and drink specials, this is the perfect way for keen and casual fans alike to relax and have fun on the big night!
2/10: Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The exhibition will feature more than 100 major artworks by important Black American, African, and African diasporic artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Brooklyn Museum.
2/23: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the Morgan Library & Museum will celebrate the works of beloved English author Beatrix Potter.
2/25: Chinatown’s annual Lunar (Chinese) New Year Parade with dragon dancing, stunning outfits, martial art performers and more. Head to Chinatown for the Lunar New Year Parade, which celebrates the year of the dragon. Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets.
2/25: The Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism,” the exhibit will present 160 works exploring how Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s-40s in New York City’s Harlem, Chicago’s South Side and nationwide amid the Great Migration.
2/25: Central Park Half Marathon
Revamping Van Gogh: Art for Modern Spaces
In the realm of home decor, the integration of classic art with modern interiors has become a canvas for creativity and personal expression. Among the masters, Vincent Van Gogh’s works have emerged as a popular choice, not just for their vibrant beauty but for the unique opportunities they offer in customization. The blend of Van Gogh’s emotive brushwork with contemporary design elements provides an intriguing juxtaposition that speaks both to the timeless nature of his work and the evolving tastes of art enthusiasts.
The Allure of Van Gogh in Modern Spaces
Van Gogh’s art is characterized by its bold colors, dynamic textures, and emotional depth. These qualities make his paintings, such as “Undergrowth With Two Figures,” an ideal choice for those looking to infuse their living spaces with both artistry and historical significance. The appeal lies in Van Gogh’s ability to capture the essence of nature and human emotion in a way that resonates across generations and styles.
Bridging Eras through Reproduction Techniques
The process of reproducing Van Gogh’s art involves meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that each brushstroke and color hue is faithfully replicated. Van Gogh’s “Undergrowth With Two Figures” serves as a perfect example of how modern techniques can bring a classic masterpiece to life, making it accessible for contemporary art lovers. These reproductions are not mere copies; they are a bridge between Van Gogh’s era and our own, allowing us to experience his genius in new, personalized contexts.
Personalization: A Touch of the Contemporary
The personalization of Van Gogh’s reproductions is where creativity truly comes into play. Art enthusiasts are now opting to modify these classics to fit modern aesthetics. This customization can range from adjusting the color palette to better suit minimalist or maximalist interiors, resizing the artwork to fit specific wall spaces, or even incorporating mixed media elements to add a three-dimensional aspect that echoes current interior design trends.
Van Gogh in Different Interior Themes
Van Gogh’s versatile style means his works can be adapted to a variety of interior themes. For minimalist spaces, a reproduction of “Starry Night” with toned-down hues can create a serene focal point. Conversely, a vibrant rendition of “Sunflowers” can add a burst of energy to a bohemian-style room. The key lies in selecting and adapting a piece that complements the room’s existing color scheme and decor elements.
The Role of Technology in Art Reproduction
Advancements in digital imaging and printing technology have played a pivotal role in the reproduction of Van Gogh’s paintings. High-resolution scans and sophisticated color-matching techniques ensure that even the finest details of the original are captured. This technological prowess not only preserves the integrity of Van Gogh’s work but also allows for its adaptation to contemporary tastes without losing its essence.
The Ethical Dimension of Art Reproduction
While art reproduction, especially of works by masters like Van Gogh, offers numerous creative opportunities, it also brings up questions of authenticity and respect for the original artist’s vision. It’s essential for reproductions to be created and sold with transparency, making it clear that they are adaptations of the original work. This ethical approach ensures that the reproductions honor Van Gogh’s legacy while providing a new avenue for his art to be appreciated and enjoyed.
In conclusion, the personalization of Van Gogh’s reproductions for modern interiors is more than just a trend; it’s a testament to the enduring relevance and adaptability of his work. As we continue to find new ways to bridge the gap between classic art and contemporary design, Van Gogh’s legacy remains vibrantly alive, inspiring and enriching our living spaces in ways that the artist himself might never have imagined.
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