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Sun, 22 Feb 1998 23:51:24 EST

Art Therapy, a relatively new field in our country, is beginning to find its
way into a variety of modalities, including education. A form of art therapy,
"art as therapy" lends itself naturally into the classroom as today's children
seem to need more assistance growing up emotionally healthy. Art as therapy
in the art class room is different from clinical art therapy in that it does
not delve into deep, personal issues of the students, but rather offers a safe
and healthy mode of personal expression.

Some professional references, for those interested, include:

Bloomgarden, J. & Schwartz, D. (1997). Creative art therapy / special
education in higher education: Toward an interdisciplinary model.
Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 14 (4), 279-281.

Bush, J. (1994). My visualization for 21st century art therapy. Journal of
American Art Therapy Association. 11 (1), 31-32.

Bush, J. (1997). The handbook of school art therapy. Illinois: C.C. Thomas.

Dalley, T. (1992). Art as therapy. London and New York:

Henley, D.R. (1992). Exceptional children exceptional art. Massachusetts:

Kindler, A.M. (1997). Child development in art. Virginia: National Art
Educational Association.

Levick, M. (1998). See what Iím saying: What children tell us through their
art. Iowa: Islewest.

Parashak, S. T. (1997). The richness that surrounds us: Collaboration of
classroom and community for art therapy and art education. Journal of
the American Art Therapy Association. 14 (4), 241-245.

Sherman, Shumsky, Rountree (1994). Enlarging the therapeutic circle.
New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc.

Shostak, B. (1985). Art therapy in the schools: A position paper of the
American Art Therapy Association. Art Therapy. 1 (1), 19-21.

I am an elementary school art teacher with a MSS degree in therapeutic art
education, and would love to communicate with other art educators using art as
therapy in the classroom.
Lisa Brunick, Art Educator, Sioux Falls, SD

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