Monthly Archives: July 2013

sewing: surprisingly relaxing

Sewing is one of the few media we use in ArtBreak that works across the span of the Expressive Therapies Continuum.  Designing, taking measurements and cutting out fabric are all second and third level activities that require cognitive and creative … Continue reading

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Captain Underpants

As children enter kindergarten years their drawings begin to move into art educator Viktor Lowenfeld’s schematic developmental stage, characterized by among other things figures. This summer children in both ArtBreak locations made art featuring cartoon figures (Captain Underpants and BMO … Continue reading

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channeling Calder

This is a sun, moon and stars mobile made by an eight year old girl in our Summer ArtBreak, for her dollhouse (also made in ArtBreak). It reminds me of Alexander Calder’s Circus sculptures.

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freedom and order

Early in our Summer ArtBreak sessions we noticed children working with great concentration and care on faces.  In this creative expression they are engaging in what Judith Rubin (author of Child Art Therapy) calls the integration of freedom (spontaneity and … Continue reading

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finger painting: a joyful mess

Finger painting is a great way for older children  to re-visit, relax, and enjoy what Viktor Lowenfeld called the Scribble stage (common to ages 2-4), in his book Creative and Mental Growth. We did quite a bit of expressive finger painting … Continue reading

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Summer ArtBreak in Pomeroy

This week we are finishing up Summer ArtBreak at the Pomeroy public library on the Ohio River. Yesterday I stopped in The Fabric Shop and met Karen, who introduced me to their Gammill hand-guided longarm quilting machine, assembled and mostly … Continue reading

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