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March 9, 2006

creata: dreams, active imagination & creativity

by gl. at 11:34 pm

this is the seventh in a series of posts about workshops sponsored by CREATA during Creative Arts Therapy week. session date mar07.

i was really hopeful about this session so in some ways it was the most disappointing when it turned out to be fairly uninspiring, in part because the experiential piece could have been a concrete supplement to her abstract outline and confusing powerpoint presentation, but instead it ended up as a simple "recall a dream & draw it" exercise. we didn't even try to work through the worksheet she gave us, which would have at least acclimated us to her process. also, the presenter's partner typed on his laptop while she was presenting and while we were working: very distracting!

luckily, i had two dreams the night before. the first was about this very large collective of angry cats in my garage, and i knew if they got out it would be Very Bad:

the second was about opening door after door after door in the closet beneath the stairs:

these aren't supposed to be amazing drawings. one of the great things about art therapy techniques is that they are less about developing your visual acuity and more about developing your personal visual vocabulary. every art you do helps with your primary art: these are the seeds of poems and further art exploration. starter culture, if you will.

posted by gl. | March 9, 2006 11:34 PM | categories: classes & workshops