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ERIC Number: EJ868052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Artistic Sensibility in the Studio and Gallery Model: Revisiting Process and Product
Thompson, Geoffrey
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v26 n4 p159-166 2009
This paper examines the cultivation of artistic sensibility and its impact on the art therapy process and product in a community mental health center. Artistic sensibility embodies the sense of self as an artist through the integration of artistic and aesthetic attributes of self and other. The formation of a gallery to exhibit patient art was found to promote empowerment by embracing the patients as artists and by reframing identities, roles, and self-defining experiences. In the gallery model of art therapy, artistic sensibility extends the studio experience of the process to the art product, strengthens the creative process, and de-stigmatizes mental illness. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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