Therapeutic Arts

Therapeutic Arts and Education

In the weekly art sessions I work with exercises in painting, drawing and clay with the students, rotating these three different art mediums in blocks of several weeks.

Painting

We work with therapeutic and educational exercises to develop an awareness and understanding of the colours within the rainbow spectrum (seven colours), learning to distinguish the different qualities that each colour, tone and shade conveys.

We learn to create the secondary colours (purple, orange and green) by mixing the primary colours (blue, red and yellow) together, and the tertiary colours by mixing the secondary colours together.

We explore contrast between light and dark, colour harmony and colour composition in exercises inspired by ‚Äėnature changes‚Äô through the seasons.

Dynamic Drawing

We work with therapeutic and educational drawing exercises that stimulate concentration, coordination and integration, while strengthening a sense of symmetry, order and structure.

Sculpture

We work with therapeutic and educational exercises with clay that encourage a sense of centeredness, spatial awareness, 3-dimentionality and form.

Tahra S. Orbell, art therapist / teacher, December 2009.