Use of the body, movement, breath and gesture are the basis of creative expression. This workshop explores how arts therapists can facilitate a body oriented approach to visual arts expression as we explore our experiences of embodied, vital affect.
Drawing on the work of the founder of expressive arts therapy, Shaun McNiff, this workshop will focus on activating the energetic healing processes of art, creativity, and imagination through movement and gesture. The act of witnessing will be a central part of the day using pairwork to expand the methods we use to interpret images. Verbal and non-verbal interpretation will be used as we bring an ‘expressive arts therapy’ approach to the traditional psychodynamic forms of art psychotherapy.
This workshop will integrate various methods of working with images in order to deepen our understanding, to amplify their possible meanings and to dialogue with the artworks made. The use of movement response will extend the range of interpretive methods available as we respond to the artworks of others.
Gary Nash, Dip. AT, MAAT, has over twenty years’ art therapy experience working in adult mental health. He is a BAAT registered Supervisor and Private Practitioner.