Posts Tagged Mindfulness and Art
Posted April 1st, 2020 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, People of SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, Top News, Featured.
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An apt title for the potential personal experience this global pandemic has encouraged. Two days after it was announced that gatherings of 50 or more people needed to be postponed, and that public schools in New Mexico would be closed until April 6th (now that has been extended through the end of the school year),…
Posted July 19th, 2019 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Featured.
I am a third of the way through my second residency at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland. This intermodal education challenges students to learn through our bodies, minds and hearts. Students and teachers from all over the world (Hong Kong, Canada, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Mexico, United…
Posted October 3rd, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
So what's cool to do and see around here?
If you are like me, you are new to New Mexico and the Santa Fe area. Part of what drew me to come to SWC was the location. The moment I stepped into New Mexico for the first time I knew my soul was coming home!…
Posted August 14th, 2016 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Honoring the Spectrum of Self
On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of Honoring the Spectrum of Self, an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within…
Posted August 12th, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
Part 2, if you missed it…
Part 3: How Using Ownership Language Changes My Worldview
By changing the statement from "we" to "I" in this entire blog series I have shifted my perception of life. I no longer blame “society” (you, we, or any form of “other”) for what I am perceiving as a…
Posted August 3rd, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Part 1, if you missed it...
Part 2: Practical Examples of Ownership Language
I look around and see so many things that say "Stop doing THIS!" or "Don't do/think/act THIS way!" or even "Fight THIS!"
With so much negative bombardment, is it any wonder I feel so overwhelmed and defeated much of the time, especially…
Posted July 20th, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Part 1: What is Ownership Language
In many of my classes our teachers have been training us to use “I statements” during discussions. For example, it applies when you fall into the habit of using we, or you, when you actually mean “I” in a statement, as I just did in this sentence. See what I…
Posted October 14th, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories.
I have had the honor of watching the power of art therapy first hand, in my personal life recently. I asked my husband if he would mind if I shared this story, and he told me to go ahead, so I would like to share it with you. It is a true testament of how…
Posted April 28th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
“Interesting how you are only using a black sharpie marker in your art today,” says my art therapist, as she gently points out my visible tension with perfectionistic, black and white thinking….…
Posted April 23rd, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Come Undone by Laura Schoff
I feel with such a passion that art has the capacity to heal in many different ways. It has been my support, my processing, my guide, my inner world displayed. Without this art, I may have not have completed my first classes at Southwestern. A year and a half(ish) ago,…
Posted March 5th, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Influenced by archetypes and art therapy, Sprout explores the interplay between the unconscious and conscious parts of the psyche. …
Posted November 15th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, SWC Blog.
by Debbie Schroder
Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program
It doesn’t really surprise me that as we approach the eighth week of the quarter, I’m finally able to spend a little time putting together an image that contains mandalas created by incoming art therapy students, during orientation. The quarter has been full – of teaching…
Posted July 31st, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
by Debbie Schroder
The gardens on campus are lush and the temperature is hot – it must be Portfolio Review time!
Every year we ask our art therapy students who are moving into 2nd year, to bring in at least three pieces of art created during first year. By looking at their art and hearing…
Posted July 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
In April, 2014 a call was made: "Archetypally speaking, who is showing up for you lately? What mentors, thieves, medicine folk, or tricksters are asking you to speak their name, embody their abilities, and artfully express the connections you have? Please, answer the call, create the art, embody the voice that wants to be heard…
Posted May 13th, 2014 by & filed under Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
by Karen Stefano Ed.M., M.A., L.P.C., NCC
How can you unwind your body and mind, listen to the inner stirrings of your spirit, and supercharge your creativity? It’s easy. Tissue Paper Collage!
Mythologist Joseph Campbell said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” The truth is that our culture is motivated,…
Posted May 1st, 2014 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work.
by Jessica Callaway, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC
I didn't know what to expect when I decided to go to Haiti. I realized when I was on the plane that I was partly, or mostly, going for selfish reasons. I was excited to practice art therapy and teach yoga in an environment I had never experienced,…
Posted April 15th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
I am a big fan of reusing materials into new forms. Broken bits glued together to make guardians; Torn fabric to make new yarn or a rug; Old shoes into a Journey; Or large boxes into castles. After reading, Endangered Threads: Socially Committed Community Art Action, by Janis Timm Bottos (2011), I knew that there…
Posted April 14th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
I'll start with an ending. One Art Therapy Techniques class in 2014 ended with each member of the group creating an altar of the art that was made during the quarter. We made Mandalas every class, as well as masks, body tracings, finger painting, inner guides and characters, and containers. In that class, I made…
Posted January 30th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Top News, SWC Blog.
by Debbie Schroder
I can’t seem to stop smiling. I’m smiling because of my morning – I went to the Roundhouse, the New Mexico State Capitol Building, to watch Art Therapy intern Todd Nichols speak in the Rotunda. A number of senators and state officials also spoke, but they didn’t bring art! Todd…
Posted January 23rd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
What is a Container?
There are so many types of containers, a person, place, or thing that holds. Many images come to mind: a milk carton, hands, shoes, a home, a room, a box, a nest, my heart, a chair, a mouth, a closet… Many sensations come to body: warmth, safety, fear, constriction, flee,…
Posted January 9th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, SWC Blog.
by Debbie Schroder
I have a song stuck in my head. I think it’s staying stuck because we’ve entered a new year and part of the lyrics are “How am I gonna be an optimist about this?” The song is called “Pompeii”, by Bastille.
This quirky song’s melody sounds pretty upbeat but the lyrics really appeal…
Posted December 2nd, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More, SWC Blog.
As an Art Therapist, I know that the art process is an important container. As a supervisor, I like to weave in art making and sand tray work in supervision, to articulate client and agency issues and express the multi-dimensional experience that a new therapist has.
Katelyn did her practicum and internship at a jail,…
Posted July 15th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, SWC Blog.
by Debbie Schroder
The front door was already open and as I opened the sliding glass door to my patio, a fierce gust of wind blew through my house, lifting an antique plate and a figurine right off of the shelf they were on. They crashed to the floor in jagged pieces as I quickly…
Posted June 20th, 2013 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
by Debbie Schroder
As it got close to 6:00 on Monday evening I could feel my eagerness to begin painting. Every Monday evening the in-state art therapy interns and I engaged in amazing relationships with our canvases. We painted for an hour, then shared our work and talked for the rest of…