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Spaces & Places

Together Photo-Walk. . .

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© 2012 Jolie B Studios

Favorite Technique or Approach with Groups

One of my favorite techniques is a photo-walk with individuals or groups.

Everyone deserves a chance and each individual has their own perspective. A simple photo walk and review can bring the uniqueness and diversity of this to the forefront. I took this photo during one of our photowalks. 

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

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One, Two, Three Dimension . . .

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© 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Technique: Perspective

One, Two, Then Three Dimension

A quick sketch on paper/cardboard, then transferring the image to a three dimensional project.

In this case, the workgroup did a floral landscape sketch, then painted what they had sketched onto a basic already made flowerpot; Using the processes of one dimension, two dimension (height and width), then three dimensional (height, width and depth) introduces the elements of perspective and the projection of the shadow.

The variations in dimensions can create some interesting effects.  The creative process is enjoyable step by step along the way.

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX


Watercolor Weave…

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 © 2008 – 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Technique: Watercolor Weave

A watercolor weave done in a group session.  The approach can be used with a group or an individual.

I enjoy facilitating this approach as it can usually be accomplished by any participant, the art-making itself is fairly simple, the technique is wonderful for calming any nerves or jitters and the outcome helps foster a sense of community amongst the group.

  • Each member in the group creates a water color image, as simple as they would like.  Lines on a page, dots on a page, if they chose, they can just color the whole page one color, it doesn’t matter.  Anything they want.  [I let them know ahead of time that what they create will take a different form when we’re done]
  • Once everyone is finished, shift the work into the hands of another person; everyone cuts an image into strips a couple inches wide. Then rearrange the strips to create a new image.
  • You can lay the strips side by side or even weave them together.
  • You can can create one large picture as the example here which we left for the rest of our group time or
  • You can give different strips to each member and let them make their own creation.

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX


Tools In SICA’s Print Shop

© 2008 – 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Tools:

Antique Print Shop & Working Museum

The antique print shop at The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts is full of tools commonly found in pre-electric press time: carving linoleum blocks, inking, pressing paper, etc.

This is an example of a poster and letterblocks used during the set-up and creation process.

Spaces & Places:

Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

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Materials: Clay, Water Wheel, Rib, Hands

 © 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Tools & Materials:

clay, water, wheel, rib, hands (usually both)

Open studio is a favorite fun time

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX


Touch, Feel, Process Along The Path


© 2008 – 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Technique:

Back to Basics – Touch Feel Process

This approach is taught in an effort to go back to basics and re-establish oneself with their art making process.

While blind-folded, the student creates a piece of art from start to finish on the potter’s wheel, verbally guiding themselves through their own steps in the creation process.

I am there to verbally guide them back onto their path if they request assistance, but otherwise it is up to the student to be able to touch, feel and process the next points they must go through to complete their piece.

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX


Art Tools in The Drawing Room

a polaroid taken while some of our tools in the drawing room at SICA appear to be having a window conversation

© 2008-2012 Jolie B Studios


Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX


Tea Pot: Altered By Design

© 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Technique or Approach:

Altered By Design

This is a captured from a tea pot workshop with a focus on alteration.

Prior to starting, I’ll let participants know that they’re going to create a vessel that will be split in half.

Each participant creates one large vessel and 9 accessory pieces which will eventually be combined onto a vessel such as tubes, coils, flowers,etc.

They can turn a vase on a wheel, hand-build a tower, roll a coil, texturizers a flattened piece of clay, etc. I usually also throw a few tumblers a head of time, just to be sure we have enough material in the time allotted for those new to the wheel.

As individuals complete their various accessory pieces, those are placed in the center of the work table. The larger vessels are brought to the table as they’re completed with the participant sitting with them.

Once the members have completed their wheel work, all end up sitting around the table with their larger vessel in front of them and all the accessory pieces are in the middle of the table.

Participants then switch seats with the person across the table from them, leaving the large vessel on the table. Each person is handed a wire to cut the new new vessel in half, then take one of the halves back to their original chair and begin combining their new piece with the half of their old piece.

At the next stage we begin to take the accessories created in the middle of the table, and place them on the vessels as decorations, spouts, lids, etc – until we have several altered vessels.

This intervention is an effort to increase participants resilience to change; developing not only a higher tolerance that life has been altered, but also to build their self esteem and self confidence levels. The workshop is fun, can become quite quirky, and most always a delight to facilitate.

Spaces & Places:

Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX


Art Expands Your Horizons . . .

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© 2008 – 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Creative Space

Decorating the windows of the art room fills the site with inspiration both in and outside.

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX


Slow Down Creative Space Ahead…

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Creative Space

This is a sign located at the end of the lane where you turn to go to The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts (SICA).  The lane is directly off of a busy highway.

While the messages on the sign changes frequently announcing upcoming classes, workshops, exhibits and such, I chose to capture the sign on this day with my Polaroid since I think its message was full of wise words.

Don’t Have Time For Art, Slow Down

© 2008 – 2012 Jolie Buchanan

Spaces & Places:

Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX