When you let youth do #graffiti on your painting- magic happens! #arttherapy. For sale at Kat’s #artevent!

On the back of this painting by Kat (about 5′ x 7′):

Laundry Day, Katarina Thorsen

… was an unfinished portrait of Kat’s grandfather’s school photo.  It was an impressionistic interpretation of a class photo from the early 1900′s. Kat allowed her students to paint and alter the piece as they wished.   Here are some details:

The result is a double sided painting with two very different images.  Old world, new world.  Rural, street.  It will be on sale at Kat’s art event on March 10, 2011;

Art heals. Moments in #arttherapy

Quote from Art as a Healing Force WebHow does art heal? Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. The body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration. Art and music put a person in a different brain wave pattern, art and music affect a person’s autonomic nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters. (SOURCE)

#Inspirations from the art therapy room. Quote of the day from “How many people does it take to make a difference?”

My daughter, Anna, sent me a therapeutic little book entitled How many people does it take to make a difference? 1 ((2009, Compendium).

I choose a quote from this book to illustrate the inspiration the students and I give each other in the art therapy room and to inspire as all of us contemplate the next chapters in our lives:

The purpose of life is to discover your gift.  The meaning of life is to give your gift away.

Love, Katarina


Art Therapy book quote of the day from “They Call Us Vandals” #Swedish #Graffiti

The book isn’t for those who hate graffiti but about those who paint and about their pieces (graffiti paintings).  For me it is an ode to graffiti, in which it is clearly made evident that graffiti writers are not the clichés so often created by the media. (from Foreword)

For an excellent article on graffiti therapy go to : LINK

The Graffiti Art Therapy Research Project was designed as a model for demonstrating the therapeutic possibilities of working with adolescent graffiti offenders from within their own realm of interest.  The project explores the effects of using the medium of graffiti art and culture to give these kids an opportunity to develop their creative expressions in a socially acceptable venue.  Through this experience the participants have the opportunity to explore issues of identity and self in community by engaging in art directives, facilitated by an art therapist, which can offer reflective insight and instigate therapeutic change and maturation.  The art therapy groups are co-facilitated by a youth worker who was once an illegal graffiti artist as an adolescent and is now a law-abiding, positive role model. Thus, the young participants are able to connect with and be influenced by someone they can relate to and respect, as opposed to an adult professional who represents the institution of authority.”

Graffiti room at Keith Lynn in a previous form! Now several layers of paint later it looks COMPLETELY different!