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ERIC Number: EJ777017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Redefining the Tools of Art Therapy
Thong, Sairalyn Ansano
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v24 n2 p52-58 2007
The premise of this paper is that computer-generated art is a valid therapeutic modality for empowering clients and fostering the therapeutic alliance. The author presents traditional art making methods (drawing, painting, photography, collage, and sculpture) combined or enhanced with photopaint programs and 3D computer modeling and animation software such as Adobe Photoshop, Flying Colors, and People Putty. Case studies and therapeutic interventions which utilize computer art therapy are provided to illustrate how to incorporate these methods into the art therapy setting. By comparing the unique tools of various visual graphics and virtual sculpture programs to those of more traditional methods of art making, the author concludes that computer art making has become an integral part of the process of making art and is a valid medium for individual self-expression and art therapy. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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