03 Jun Contact with yourself and the world. The natural materials art therapy
Seminario-Taller a cargo de Mai Sein-Garcia
Seminario (Inglés con traducción)
Mai Sein-Garcia, Tallinn University
Identity, personal satisfaction and personal feeling of perfection of a person depend on his or her contact with nature (Wilson 1984). The internal need to be connected with nature and a conflict with real isolation may be expressed in psychological, physical or behavioural problems, which are described by Richard Louv (2005) as a phenomenon called “nature deficit disorder”. Creative activities and the possibility to be in contact with nature and explore it actively help children to gain balance again, reduce fears, work on the self-image, and increase autonomy and independence (Ferrini, 2003; Winnicot, 1971; Kellert&Derr, 1998; Berger, 2004). It is possible in therapy to create parallels between a person’s inner self-scenery and external natural environment. Natural resources can be used very well for activating senses (Henley, 1992: 157).The materials have different potential, application limits and conditions and potential outcome.Natural materials are not part of traditional means of art, they have their own history and environmental background.They enable to create a three-dimensional work of art, a mini model of the environment. They can be selected, put in order, processed (just like situations in life and feelings), and by doing this you gain self-confidence for making choices and decisions important for you (Seiden, 2001).The art therapist’s conception of the use of materials is an extremely important part of professional identity (Moon, 2010: 50).Through materials selection art therapist can guide therapy process.
In the seminar Mai Sein-Garcia introduces her art therapy work with natural materials with children, who has language impairment. Participants will have a possibility to make exercises with natural materials. The experience focus is “contact” and “communication” through art therapy with natural materials.
More information: www.pronatmat.eu; Sein-Garcia, M.; Rüütel, E.; Scotti, V.; Hentinen, H.; Tartes-Babkina, H. Vahtrapuu, A. & Ratnik, M., 2012; Sein-Garcia, M., Tavasti, A. & Ulkuniemi, S., 2012; Sein-Garcia, M. & Ulkuniemi, S. 2012; Sein-Garcia, M; Vahtrapuu, A.; Rüütel, E.; Tartes-Babkina, H.; Scotti, V.; Hentinen, H. ; Ratnik, M., 2012.
Natural materials, art therapy, children with language impairment, contact and communication in therapy
Working language: English, Spanish
Mai Sein-Garcia is a PhD student at the University of Tallinn. She worked as a lecturer of visual art therapy at Tallinn University in 2008-2013. She is a one of founder of the Estonian Association Creative Therapies. As teachers and art therapist she has worked with children of different ages, but especially with babies and toddlers and their parents since 2000. His thesis focuses on her early childhood teachers’ professionalism and the art therapy techniques in the use with young children.
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