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Lesson Plans

teaching/art therapy

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joym (joym)
Sun, 18 Jul 1999 09:15:17 -0400

Just picked up this thread (haven't been reading this list lately). As as
Art Therapist, I've also found the hands symbolism to be "right on" with
abused children (& adults), appearing repeatedly in the work of many.
Lowenfeld was only one source of our knowldege of symbols. Certainly,
choose for yourselves how useful Lowenfeld is for your teaching approach.
As far as the, "how far would I get" question, it might be helpful to know
that art therapists are trained with required art instruction, as well as
specific coursework in art, therapy, research etc. The instruction part
may, of necessity, take a lesser role and therapy the greater role; for
teachers this is reversed. However, whatever you glean about art therapy
will broaden what you "see" in your students work & could be helpful when
deciding whether a referral is a good idea.

Joy Moody, Art Therapist/Basketmaker
e-mail: baskets
Handwoven baskets for the discriminating buyer.