According to anthroposophy, (Rudolf Steiner’s view of humanity) young children’s drawings reflect their journey from the spiritual to the earthly realm. Cross-culturally, all children begin drawing with a scribble and then over time produce a circle, then a square and finally around age five, a triangle. The square and triangle are then combined to form a house. These basic shapes are an expression of the child’s spiritual consciousness from being at one with everything to developing a sense of self as a separate soul in an earthly home. Through meditation and art making, participants can experience how these basic archetypal shapes connect us all to the spiritual realm. No previous art-making experience is needed.
Deborah John, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LPAT, has worked with many different populations using art as a means of expression and healing. Her experience includes using art therapy with psychiatric patients, trauma victims, troubled youth, and grieving elementary school students. Deborah is a member of SWC’s art therapy faculty.