Art Therapy vs Eco therapy
"Look deep into nature, and then you will know everything better." Albert Einstein
What is the difference between Art Therapy and Eco Therapy?
(British Association of Art Therapists)
(Northern Ireland Group Art Therapists)
Art therapy defined by BAAT;
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Ecopsycology and ecotherapy association of Ireland
Eco Therapy defined by EEAI
…a union between the ideas of ecopsychology and psychotherapy. Fundamental to ecotherapy is our connection to the natural world and the environment we live within. Ecotherapy uses a range of practices in order to help us connect with nature and ultimately with our ‘inner’ nature. Personal distress can be alleviated by developing the mutual connection between inside and outside. Through learning to care for the natural environment we learn to care for and nurture ourselves. Ecotherapy is about personal healing and healing for the earth
- What is Land Art?
- Where did it come from?
- Examples of Land Artists; Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Smithson, Richard Shilling etc,
- What natural materials are used?
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air's salubrity"
Merlin's song by Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Reconnecting to the outdoors of nature
- Stimulating our human senses
- How we become one?
Benefits of Nature for Mental Health
Engaging in the community
Getting in touch with Nature - Books
This book is packed with activities to do with various sizes of sticks you can use, with dead sticks gathered from the ground and green sticks cut from living trees. Sticks are part of the natural world. We don't realise how versatile a stick is, providing food and shelter for birds and animals, so always collect them with care.
- Combining other simple materials with sticks
- Stick can be used as a creative tool ie. drawing in mud, paintbrush, charcoal etc.
Make Stick Characters
Make stick and Paper Lanterns
Materials: Stick, Masking Tape, Coloured Tissue Paper, PVA glue
“the quality of our current relationship with the natural world is deeply influenced by whether our internalized natural objects are primarily positive and nurturing or threatening and toxic.” (Clinebell, H. 1996, p.29)
Printmaking - leaving a trace of nature
"Reversal may change or distort one's original composition, intentionally or untentionally." (Dean, M.L. 2016a, p.28)
- Found objects from nature
- Natural impressions
- Postive and negative space
- Reflective Process; reversal
- Benefits of Printmaking
Capturing Lough Neagh in Time
Photographs- views from The Battery Harbour, Ardboe
Photographing to capture the sunset ia like in time.
Each morning is a new day, a fresh start, beginning of new adventures.
Inspired by Solange and Sara workshop.
Dean, M. L. (2016a). Printmaking: Reflective and Receptive Impressions in the Therapeutic Process. In D. Gussak & M. Rosal [Eds.]. The Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell
Clinebell, Howard. Ecotherapy: Healing Ourselves, Healing the Earth, New York: Haworth Press, 1996.
Artist in Residence Rhona Byrnes came up with the idea of Huddlewear. This was a series of clothing that was based at the headquarters Facebook Dublin. It encourages and invites people to wear and inhabit Huddlewear. In this we explore the close relationship and intimacy. It does challenge us in what we define as our space zone, it is to allow for others to enter into the space zone.
Gary used the sketch as a therapeutic way to cope with the passing of his wife.
"The great thing about the doodle is once it's down on the paper, the thought is out.
"You've got it out and can let it go. If it's a sad, negative thought - I get it down, I get it out. It kind of releases it, and then you can move on."
Gary's work is so natural and unplanned, he just thinks of a thought of that day and sketch what every flows through it. Gary shared his doodles on social media, his family kept track of his drawings after the death of his wife. It show them what his state of mind was like at that time. His drawings has inspired other people's lives in how they were feeling in the passing of a loved one and haven't been able to articulate. I can totally agree how art is very therapeutic and it's something you can do too. Pull out a sketch book and just allow your hand to move with your mind. You will not realise the potential of what art can do.
I think this is great opportunity to connect to body and mind. Creating a silhouette of your body which symbolises how the body feels in the present moment. The idea to speak to the client by asking them to imagine that their body has a voice and is speaking to them. We can fill in words, symbols, colours, shapes in our body. It is to come to a deeper understanding about personal mental health.
Reconnecting with nature with it's beautiful colours of leaves. So simplistic and easy to manipulate to the object. Engaging with movement and the challenges of what the weather permits. We can only go by the colours that are available to us that are near sight. I think what makes this unique to create land art is the sharing of nature and artistic expression is not constricted by social or cultural identity. I am inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long's artwork.
Psychiatrist Dr Karen Norberg, of National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, spent a year knitting an anatomically correct replica of the human brain. I think this is a beautiful authentic piece that has been carefully knitted to the same replica as the brain. The use of colours show each part of the brain. I noticed the more stitches have been used has created this rippling effect. It would be interesting to explore this by visually looking at nature; structure and fragility of certain plant species, recreating something everlasting that will not wither away in a short space of time.
Every time I step into the world of a gallery, it does ignite a spark in you rather it is a sense of calmness, excitement, peacefulness, nostalgia. Colours can can affect our daily decision making in our own lives in what clothes we wear, furniture etc. I think it's important to be relax in the moment and dwell on the artwork in the galleries as you may not be aware of it subconsciously but art can heal us physically and mentally inside. This is ongoing research but it has been proven through findings of evidence based research of art therapists working with various clients.