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.