Art Therapy

May 8, 2018

Rachel Brandoff Art Therapy Talk

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Recently, Tyler's Art Education and Community Arts Practices department held a discussion and presentation given by Dr. Rachel Brandoff about art therapy with families in crisis and trauma. Rachel is the coordinator of Art Therapy Specialization and Community and Trauma Counseling at Jefferson University. We were surprised to hear that trauma is  “not the exception, it’s the norm.” After an informative talk about how art therapists work with people who have experienced  trauma, we did little art activity with Dr. Brandoff’s favorite art material – pipe cleaners. We were instructed to focus on one personal goal, could be big or small, and the second part, we have to focus on a larger community goal and how our personal goal could connect to that. Some people connected their personal goals, and others linked them to a bigger sculpture. Make sure you’re following us so you don’t miss out on other events like this!   Read More

April 17, 2018

Art Therapy Comes to Tyler

Author: Kylie Doyle

There’s a new major coming to Tyler that many have been excited for over the past few years! In Fall 2017, Art Therapy came to campus as a new Bachelor of Arts degree. With a new major comes a lot of questions, so I took the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Lisa Kay, one of the advocates for Art Therapy as a major at Temple. Dr. Kay, along with many others, has been working on the creation of this major for some time now and was happy to answer some of the questions that I had about the major. “The major came about over a long period of time,” Dr. Kay stated. “We started to have conversations in 2013. Getting a new degree through bureaucratic channels took quite some time. Tyler Admissions fielded emails from students interested in the degree for a long time, with the Foundations Department and Visual Studies program also keeping tabs on interest from students. We moved forward after establishing that there was interest amongst the student body.” Read More

December 19, 2017

AECAP Professor Dr.Lisa Kay's Work To Be Published In Forthcoming Art therapy Book

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Congratulations to Tyler School of Art, Art Education and Community Arts Practices Professor Lisa Kay whose work is published in the forthcoming book, Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma: A Guide for Educators and School-Based Professionals. This timely and groundbreaking resource is focuses on the relationship between art education and psychological trauma in youth populations. Dr. Kay, a board certified art therapist and art educator, contributed two solo chapters: Children Exposed to Trauma: Children in Crisis and Yellow Bricks: An Approach to Art Teaching. She also co-authored two chapters on understanding the potential for art Making for students experiencing psychological trauma and best practices in pre-service art teacher education and professional development.   Read More

December 18, 2017

Tyler Art Therapy Major's Work Featured On Philly.com

Author: Michael Smaczylo

The artwork of Tyler School of Art, freshman art therapy major,  Natasha Yeso was recently featured by Philly.com for her award winning editorial cartoon concerning the shifting policies towards gay and transgender military recruits (above). The cartoon won Natasha first place in the College of Liberal Arts’ political cartoon contest. Congrats! Read More

December 7, 2017

Teaching Artist & Muralist Michelle Ortiz Gives Talk in AECAP Department

Author: Michael Smaczylo

On November 14, Michelle Ortiz, teaching artist, muralist, and activist, gave an exciting presentation on her mural project in Mexico City, and discussed issues relating to immigration, indigenous cultures, and development of sustainable partnerships. Thank you so much Michelle Angela Ortiz for taking the time to speak with our students.        Read More

December 7, 2017

AECAP Associate Professor & Chair Lisa Kay Gives Talk On Art Therapy in Urban Schools

Author: Michael Smaczylo

In November in Albuquerque, NM, more than 60 participants attended this interactive panel “Art Therapy in Urban Settings: Problems, Potentials, Possibilities” that addressed the growing problems therapists and educators encounter in urban schools and regular/self-contained classrooms. Three art therapists presented their work in urban schools as clinical art therapists, visiting artists and art educators. Read More

November 16, 2017

Art Therapy Class Visits Magee Rehabilitation

Author: Michael Smaczylo

Art Therapy students had a valuable chance to meet with Art Therapist Julie Nolan at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital! After a discussion on the varieties of approaches to art therapy and the connections to relational aesthetics, Julie took students on a complete tour of the facility. She also explained what the experience is like for patients, and provided insight on real life experiences of a practicing art therapist.  The art throughout the building, made by patients, shares stories about each artist. During the tour students learned to critique artwork in a non-analytical way, viewing  and viewed it as any other type of artwork. Read More

May 2, 2017

Professional Development for Teachers at 'A Taste of Tyler'

Author: issarevell

Tyler recently invited 40 Philadelphia School District teachers to 'A Taste of Tyler', a set of professional development workshops delivered by Tyler faculty. Workshops included a therapeutic bead collage exercise, a book-making demonstration, a printmaking demonstration (pictured above), a community arts exercise, and an exploration of 'play' in the classroom. Read More

May 2, 2017

SpArc Philadelphia at Tyler

Author: issarevell

Tyler's Art Education and Community Arts Practices and Art Therapy Departments were proud to host a reception celebrating the artists of SpArc Services’ Cultural Arts Center exhibition, "Identity Crisis". The show was an exhibition of new work exploring the dichotomy between how people with disabilities represent themselves and how they are perceived by those around them. Read More

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