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Expressionism or Impressionism? A Split Syzygy

  • Gill David
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Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 25)

Abstract

For more than a quarter of a decade I have been responsible for creating and co-ordinating the presentation of our curriculum for the Transpersonal Arts in Therapy training at Tobias School of Art and Therapy. In this chapter I provide an account of a student’s (I will use the pseudonym Mia) personal investigation into an art therapeutic process to reveal an aspect of an anthroposophic approach to the arts in therapy. Through exploration of one of nature’s life cycles, Mia’s process offers an insight into the transformative value of the use of a nature metaphor. I then go on to my philosophical underpinning of this approach to arts in therapy which comes from my own personal and professional development, based on experiences that I have had as an art therapist, art therapy educator, supervisee and supervisor.

Keywords

Therapy Anthroposophy Transpersonal Archetype Unconscious Salutogenesis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gill David
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  1. 1.Tobias School of Art & TherapyEast GrinsteadUK

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