Art Therapy

    November 30, 2022

    The Art of Student Teaching Encourages Confidence and Creativity

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Assistant Professor and Program Head of Art Education Renee Jackson, PhD, delves into this year’s The Art of Student Teaching exhibition, on view this month from November 30-December 4. Last year, the department celebrated 30 years of student teaching shows, originally created by Art Education Professor Emeritus Jo-Anna J. Moore.   Curated by Tyler student teachers through their work in their field placement classrooms, as well as “peer share” session with Jackson, “students learn to emphasize the importance of the work that is meaningful to K-12 students,” Jackson says. Many of the works explore themes and share ideas about everyday life, provide opportunities for their voice, stories, and perspective to be shared, and offer space to learn about the world, themselves, and each other through the process of creation.   Read More

    April 5, 2022

    Art Therapy's Hope Springs Installation Spreads Joy Across All Programs

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Art Therapy major Kianna Cooper (BA ’22) unwinds a length of black thread, snips it and knots an end around a colorful, twisted wire-and-glass bead object. Then she eases up a ladder and loops the other end around the exposed coil innards of a full-size mattress.  Cooper is adding final tendrils to a mobile-like installation title Hope Springs, conceived by Graduate Assistant and Peer Art Education Advisor Ali Ruffner (MEd ‘22) and executed with Art Therapy Program Head and AECAP Department Chair Dr. Lisa Kay as a project to uplift Tyler students, faculty and staff alike as they returned to in-person learning last fall from the imposed separation of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More

    October 22, 2021

    Lisa Kay Shares Trauma-Informed Art Education Approaches for Teachers

    Author: Carin Whitney

    How can art teachers help children and adolescents cope with stress and anxiety from traumatic experiences, and what techniques can provide resilience to both students and teachers? Lisa Kay, Associate Professor of Art Education and Art Therapy, notes that while art teachers are not therapists, they are in a position to help children cope with adversity and trauma. Kay works at the intersection of art education and art therapy, specifically with resilience and artmaking with adolescents who have experienced trauma. Kay and co-author Donalyn Heise recently shared their research in the National Art Education Association’s publication, Translations. Read More

    March 3, 2021

    Art Therapy Graduate Takes First Prize for Research, Fieldwork

    Author: Zachary Vickers

      Tyler alumna’s interdisciplinary scholarship at local rehabilitation facility wins AATA award Elizabeth Allen (BA ‘20), a graduate of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Art Therapy Program, has earned first prize at the annual American Art Therapy Association (AATA) conference’s poster presentation competition. Her presentation, titled “Common Threads: Community Weaving with Patients with Cognitive and Physical Trauma,” was given virtually in late January as part of the 2020 AATA conference, which delayed a few panels due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

    November 11, 2020

    Faculty Renee Jackson honored by PAEA as Outstanding Art Educator

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    Renee Jackson, assistant professor and program head of Art Education, is the recipient of the 2020 Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award at the PAEA Conference (October 16–17, 2020) for her research and teaching related to social justice art education and the integration of game-design and game-play as collaborative art forms and learning tools. “I am very proud and honored to be recognized by PAEA, the largest state art education association in the United States, fueled by dedicated, passionate art educators,” said Jackson. Read More

    August 20, 2020

    Lisa Kay Reappointed as Chair of AECAP

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    Lisa Kay, Associate Professor and Program Head of Art Therapy has been reappointed as Department Chair of Art Education & Community Arts Practices (AECAP) for a second three-year term through the academic year 2022–23. As chair, Kay has helped reshape the MEd program by emphasizing the identities of the artist-, educator- and arts-based researcher; developed the Art Therapy Program—one of the few undergraduate programs in the United States situated in an art and architecture school within an urban public university—and continued to expand Community Arts Practices to offer socially-engaged art that emphasizes both the creative object and its social implications. Read More

    April 27, 2020

    Meet Tyler’s Virtual Celebration Speaker: Jordan Bertok (BA ‘20)

    Author: tuf83247

    Jordan Bertok, a member of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Class of 2020 and soon-to-be recipient of a BA in Art Therapy and Minor in Art History, will address her class as Tyler’s student speaker as part of Temple University’s virtual celebration.  You can watch Bertok’s speech here. Bertok “met up” with a recent Tyler graduate, Princeton Cangé (BFA ‘19, Sculpture), on Zoom for a Q&A, which you can read below:   Princeton Cangé: Why did you come to Tyler? Was it your first choice? Read More

    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: Anonymous

    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

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