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It was a pleasure to present this 3 hour "Stop Motion Art Therapy" workshop with my co-facilitator, Julia Cizeski at the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City this year. This film was created collaboratively with expressive art therapists and students in training, many of whom are using various digital art therapy techniques with clients. The participants were extremely creative, and the discussion after was focused around the process of how making both art and music together in community builds relationship and safety quickly. We also talked about how the experience could bring up feelings of discomfort. Sometimes in these moments of anxiety and not knowing, is where the prima materia of change and transformation can lie. We can feel empowered after accomplishing something we feared and maybe even dreaded because we trusted the process and ourselves. In this way, we are creating a new neuro-pathway, a new belief that we are the creators of our own experience. I always enjoy the music making process in these group workshops because no matter how it sounds in the end we are building something together and there is a often a sense of ancient ritual that is stirred in my mind at least. I believe making art and music is truly good for the soul on so many levels.
I also presented with three other art therapists on a panel called the "The Studio is Open", with Stephen Legari,, Nicole Brown, and Jill Dupont. This was also a very experiential, fun, and creative process. Check out this blog for more details, including info on Art Hives! http://www.arthives.org/blog/art-hives-take-manhattan-2
A group of creative, inspiring participants worked together to develop this stop motion animation.
Check out the collaborative film below!
It often feels like most of us are in such a hurry to do whatever it is we think we're supposed to be doing. There is this perpetual push to maintain busyness and productivity. I experienced this almost inescapable urge to live life in fast motion, especially while living in New York City for several years. John De Paola writes, "slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you". I now live in New Mexico and I am learning to slow down my life experience, allowing life to begin to catch up with me. It is a moment-to-moment practice that I have in no way perfected, but continue to strive to achieve.
How is it that we can so easily forget to simply be, to breathe fully, to notice the passing of the clouds, the subtle changes in the wind, and the soft dance of sunlight on the leaves of a tree? This short film is a bit rough but it is an accurate depiction of my experience and how I see the world when I am living life more in slow motion. I consider film an art making process. Art is not simply putting paint to canvas or ink on paper. Art is a way of being, a way of interacting with the world in a non verbal, right-brained way. When we begin to become more open and aware of all the amazing intricacies that are weaving in and out around us at all times, we are taken out of the imprisonment of our mind's endless chatter. We can wake up to a more fully loaded, expansive presence of life. Even breathing can be ecstatic, an endless novelty. Suddenly it is all new and fresh.
This is an invitation to stop and sit by the river, to smell the freshness in the air, to allow yourself to open up to the vastness that exists at your finger tips. There are no doors in nature, no separation, simply coexistence, and acceptance.
I made this film in a very organic way without forethought. I was paying attention to the little details in everything that was happening around me. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe says, "God is in the details". This is mindfulness, which signifies being fully present to our lives and fully aware of what is around us and how we are connected to it all. I used a stop motion app on my Iphone and added Woody Guthrie's song, "Along in the Sun and Rain". I would recommend stepping into your artist self which I believe we all can embody, and exploring the captivating world around you in whatever medium you choose.
If you want to shrink something,
You must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of something,
You must first allow it to flourish.
If you want to take something,
You must first allow it to be given.
This is called the subtle perception
Of the way things are.
~Tao Te Ching, Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Sunday, September 7th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lena Street Lofts: 1600 Lena Street, Suite C, #9
Become inspired and kick-start your life into motion! Be a part of this group process which includes music, art, meditation, and movement.
See website for details: http://www.katiehallarttherapy.com/stop-motion-art-therapy-workshops.html
I am also offering another workshop Sunday, September 14th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm for Art Therapists, Counselors, and Students who want to learn about this technique!
I am curating an upcoming art show that will take place August 17th, 2pm - 5pm. Here is the info:
Please join us for a celebration of Creativity and Hope!
Residents from Casa Milagro & other local artists engaged in the art therapy process will be displaying powerful work, ranging from drawings, paintings, and sculptures to jewelry, short films, and more.
The purpose of this exhibit is to raise support for this amazing group of individuals who struggle with mental illness by awakening in the artists a sense of empowerment through the sharing and selling of their beautiful creations. Art making is a universal language that can allow us all to find commonality as well as compassion for those we may see as the “other”. This show overcomes the obstacle of stigma as it strengthens human connection through the courageous sharing of core experiences like struggle, joy, love, pain, determination, and creativity. This is a time to appreciate the gifts this community has to offer. All proceeds go directly to the artists.
Preview their art online at http://www.houseofmiracles.weebly.com/
All sales go directly to the artists.
August 17th, 2pm - 5pm in the Wild Hearts Gallery of the Southwestern College Art Therapy Building.
Join the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/278808852296625/
Join the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/269645849905057/
Katie Hall, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC, is an artist and art therapist with a master's in art therapy and counseling from Southwestern College in New Mexico. As an art therapist, Katie works with individuals struggling with addictions, PTSD, schizophrenia, depression, and developmental disabilities in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She focuses on improving quality of life, empowerment, and guiding clients to reach a deeper understanding of self through art expression. Her current interest is on continuing to explore the uses of stop motion animation as a mindfulness-based technique. She is passionate about sharing the healing powers of art making with community.