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Re: [teacherartexchange] art therapy lessons

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twoducks_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Sep 21 2006 - 14:16:13 PDT


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From: lauryn.ahearn

 Does anyone know of some good resources, either on the web or in a 
 book, that have art therapy oriented projects? My students are 
 special needs children, and I was thinking if I offered some projects 
 that fall into this category, it would be a nice change of pace for 
 them.>> 
 

There is a wonderful website about a studio setting for adults with a
galaxy of special needs and you will see their amazing artwork. Note
that these are not projects, but visual proof of the engaging personal
work made by people of many sorts doing work that they choose to do.

http://www.creativityexplored.org/about_us/

from the website:
<<Creativity Explored member artists come from diverse backgrounds and
bring with them a wide variety and range of experience, ability, and
sensibilities. Some of our artists just turned 20 years old, and some
of our artists are in their eighties. Some have lived a life of
previous isolation or institutionalization, while some have lived their
entire lives with their families in a supportive and accepting
environment. Many of our member artists speak different languages, or
do not speak, and are unable to communicate with each other using
spoken language. At Creativity Explored, visual art is language
everyone can use to share culture, to share experience, and to share
feelings.

At Creativity Explored, uncensored self-expression is both encouraged
and celebrated. The result is art that is fresh, exciting, and
innovative. We invite you to share our collective experience, to
participate in our community, and to benefit from the significant
contributions made by artists with disabilities to the cultural life of
the broader community. Our common thread is the basic need to express
self, and the tapestry we weave using art is a strong, durable
community rich in color, form, and context. We invite you to become a
part of our community.>>

kathy douglas
in massachusetts

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