"Art Therapy is not about how well you draw. You may learn a lot about art making along the way, but it is more about exploring your self, finding a way to get things out in the open. Making art in art therapy is like teasing a secret out of a friend. The difference is the secret is inside you.
How it works is, you make art, you don’t judge it, just let it happen. Then you step back, talk about what you see, and try to understand what you have made. The art therapists’ job is first to be there with you in the beginning stages of the making and then to stay with you as you learn a new way to speak about your life and your self.
You may have heard the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, but if you add a few of your own words, out loud, spoken to someone else, while looking at an image you have made, you begin to figure things out in a new way."
More about Dan's own work:
Dan is an artist in his own right. He paints and sculpts in his studio in Evanston, the Creative Arts Therapy Studio where he also works with adults, adolescents and children, as an art therapist in private practice.
He has been an art therapist for more than 20 years and consults at various agencies and teaches in the Art Therapy Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Thank you, Dan, for sharing with us!
~ Oriana @ Erasing the Distance