Sunday, October 24, 2010

Encaustic Workshop Wrap-up

MATA hosted it's first professional development workshop of the season entitled Encaustic Painting: Experiential and Exploration. Attendees were able to receive continuing education credits towards licensure. The workshop was a great success with around 30 art therapists, students, and interested professionals gathered together in the gallery space of Art Dimensions. Michelle Itczak, ATR, LPC, LMFT provided an informative presentation in which she broadened our horizons to the possibilities of utilizing encaustic painting both for a personal art medium as well as with the populations we work. The demonstration was helpful in better understanding the materials, process, and techniques involved in encaustic painting. The afternoon was spent enjoying conversation and art making with one another while experimenting with encaustic paints. Many attendees liked the unique process and were surprised at the immediacy of the materials. The workshop came to a close with a discussion about the applications of this medium in the field of art therapy and the advantages and uses of encaustic painting in a therapeutic setting.

Stay tuned for the next professional development opportunity hosted by MATA entitled: "Using Sand Trays in Art Therapy" and "An Introduction to Photo Therapy."

"Using Sand Trays in Art Therapy will be presented by Jane Seelig, ATR, BC, LPC, CPT-S during the month of February in multiple sessions with space limited to 6 participants for a more interpersonal experience.

"An introduction to Photo Therapy" will be presented by Cathy Lander-Goldberg, MSW, LCSW on March 5th where the use of photography in therapy will be explored. CEUs will be offered for both workshops.

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