Nov. 10-13: MMC Art and Psychology Departments Host Expressive Therapies Summit
November 13, 2011
Dates: November 10-13
Location: Marymount Manhattan College, Art Studio (8th Floor, Main)
Co-sponsored by the departments of art and psychology, Marymount Manhattan presents the Expressive Therapies Summit. From November 10 to 13, the Expressive Therapies Summit features a distinguished faculty of clinicians, papers, panels, half-day workshops and full-day classes throughout Manhattan. In spring 2011, MMC introduced the new major in art therapy, and this event furthers the examination of interdisciplinary studies in the areas of art and psychology. Marymount Manhattan hosts the following three master classes:
FRIDAY, November 11 • 10:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Studio Skills for Creative Arts Therapists: Learning from the Old Masters
Frances Smokowski, MFA, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCAT
An expanded artistic skill set will afford anyone greater levels of control and intentionality in visual communication — not only through the ability to convey heightened naturalism, but in depictions of the imagined or fantastical, as well as in pure abstraction, too. In this day-long studio-based class, techniques of the masters that can immediately improve technical facility will be presented and practiced, such as guidelines for depicting illusionistic space and approaches to naturalistic rendering. These easily teachable tips and techniques can also be developed by clinicians for their own art making. Learning best practices with dry and/or wet media will make this a very full day of creative expansion.
SUNDAY, November 13 • 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Creating Artful Ceremonies of Healing for Trauma Survivors
Sally Brucker LCSW-C, ATR-BC
In this day-long master class, we'll explore trauma, its effects, and healing process through lecture, case material, film clips and art making. Drawing wisdom from varied cultures such as Andean and East Indians, West Africans, Haitians, African Americans and American Indians, we will weave art, music, movement, and storytelling to craft meaningful ceremonies of healing to use in our work. Participants will learn to see expressive arts therapists as change-agents, ceremony crafters, and collective healers.
Enhancing Multicultural Resilience by Making Paper Puppets, Books, and Stories
Lani Gerity, DA, ATR
In this day-long class, we will weave experiential art-making (simple paper puppets and book structures), with resilience narratives into an examination of cultures and well-being. Using case material from a variety of populations ranging from the chronically mentally ill to depressed communities in the southern U.S. and in Canada, we will explore how these highly engaging creative activities can enhance empathy, compassion, attention, curiosity, and even appreciation for beauty across cultures. Attention will be paid to the difficulties of working with populations from cultures other than our own, as we examine dominant and non-dominant cultures, colonialism, and the culturally syntonic ego ideal. Through story making and group narrative, we will learn how to support a culture of resilience and inclusivity within our art rooms and other settings.
To register for any of these events or to learn more about the Expressive Therapies Summit, visit www.expressivetherapiessummit.com or email email@example.com.
PHOTO: On November 11 at MMC, Frances Smokowski, MFA, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCAT, teaches the full-day master class Studio Skills for Creative Arts Therapists: Learning from Old Masters.