Res­o­lu­tion through art


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Kaylee Martin

MOST art classes fo­cus on teach­ing the skills needed to cre­ate an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing piece.

But that is not a pri­or­ity for the lat­est course at the Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts.

Transper­sonal art ther­a­pist Dianne Smith and coun­sel­lor Joyce de Haas will lead a six-week art ther­apy course for women next month.

The course fo­cuses on help­ing women to face is­sues that might be sen­si­tive to talk about and in­stead let sub­con­scious thought flow on to a can­vas.

“It’s for women who are go­ing through the process of change, whether they’ve just lost their job or are go­ing through a breakup, or even is­sues from their child­hood,” Ms Smith said.

“The beauty of work­ing with art is the medium can help peo­ple to ex­press things they don’t nor­mally talk about.

“Art ther­apy al­lows them to ex­press their sub­con­scious through art­work.”

No prior art ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired to take part. In fact, Ms Smith said it could even be ben­e­fi­cial to have none.

“Some­times it’s bet­ter if you haven’t done much art be­fore be­cause then you’re not in­hib­ited, you’re not nec­es­sar­ily fo­cus­ing on try­ing to cre­ate some­thing beau­ti­ful,” she said.

“A lot of this is about work­ing with your sub­con­scious and al­low­ing the ma­te­ri­als to talk to you. When peo­ple re­lax and work with the ma­te­ri­als in a way they feel com­fort­able, you’d be sur­prised by the mes­sages that nat­u­rally come out.”

Ms Smith grad­u­ated as an art ther­a­pist at the end of last year on her mis­sion to ex­plore how the cre­ative arts could tap into peo­ple’s in­ner re­sources.

While study­ing the course, Ms Smith said she had ex­pe­ri­enced the ben­e­fits of art ther­apy first-hand.

“When you do the ac­tual train­ing, you spend hours work­ing through ex­er­cises so you can un­der­stand it for the client,” Ms Smith said.

“It’s beau­ti­ful how it re­ally opens things up. You re­solve things with­out even hav­ing to think about them; it’s a bit like magic.”

The six-week course runs from June 5 un­til July 17, ex­plor­ing medi­ums such as paint, pas­tels, clay, sand­play and more.

Ses­sions run for about two-and-a-half hours and the en­tire course costs $240, in­clud­ing ma­te­ri­als. Con­tact Ms Smith on di­an­nej­ or 0413 034 348.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d454277

Art ther­a­pist Dianne Smith at Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts.

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