During the second session (July 11 to August 1), we had many special guests and events. In many of the pictures, you can see how we use the surrounding landscape as a space for learning and artistic exploration---sometimes sharing the landscape with....cows! We also have lectures and presentations. One such lecture involved Steve, Paul Antze (professor and colleague from York University) and Ellen painting while they talked. The topic was Expressive Arts and Ecology. Here are some of Ellen’s reflections on the painting and the formation of the painting.
I had the impulse to use trash and garbage from around the town in the painting but, when I went searching for some, I couldn’t find anything but a few cigarette butts!! It really is clean in Switzerland! However, I did find a construction site where they had thrown away some burned out asphalt from an old roof. I picked some of that up, thinking it would be interesting to incorporate it into the painting. I also decided to challenge myself to only use black and white paint. Facing these constraints, I feel pleased with the result......for me it speaks to something about protecting the vulnerable spaces from contamination.
Here you can see the CAGS group (pre-doctoral students) using tables to construct group installations. This happened in one of the first classes and it became a way for students to connect and to get to know each other. We gave each group a “key word” and had them bring in materials from outside to add to the construction. Some of the key words were: “hope,” “art,” “play,” and “imagination.” After making the construction, the students developed performances to present to the whole group.
This is a chronicle and conversation about the travels and teachings of expressive arts therapy.