art therapy

How did poor-quality crayons make me an art therapist?

How did poor-quality crayons make me an art therapist?

In my kindergarten, we used to draw with thick pastels. They felt very nice in my tiny hand, but the red lines on paper were not even close to what the crayon looked like. I pressed harder on the paper, and it ripped. I was […]

The language of materials

The language of materials

As said in another post – “Every shelf of materials can be perceived as a sentence, every cabinet as a paragraph..” The way we suggest art materials and tools, is actually conveying a clear idea, although we use objects only. Here is an example of two suggestions of […]

Organizing your studio

Organizing your studio

Organizing an Open Studio Setting Road map for art educators and art therapists “Art teachers, art therapists and artists express themselves, among other ways, in the language of materials furniture, shelves, classification of the different mediums and tools, serving as a text with its own […]

What is your favorite art medium?

What is your favorite art medium?

I have always been intrigued by the power of mediums. I can feel in my body distinctive sensations as I use charcoal, pencil or oil pastel. Even the sound on paper of each one of them makes is different! As for me, drawing and painting […]

The Creator’s Spiritual Blueprint

The Creator’s Spiritual Blueprint

A short citation form the essay The Spiritual Blueprint of the Creator, by Nona Orbach, that will be published soon: “The term “blueprint” embraces the essence of any creator’s actions, visualizations, thoughts and feelings that are conveyed physically in the making of art. My observation is […]

About Oil Pastels

About Oil Pastels

Suggestion – provocation of oil pastels

What is Art Therapy?

What is Art Therapy?

What is art therapy? Nona Orbach, 2016 Artist, art therapist, educator, supervisor “It is not a coincidence that I have listed my different professional identities up here. Being an art therapist, it is necessary to use them all and more; I need to activate my […]

What is the Good Enough Studio?

What is the Good Enough Studio?

The Good Enough Studio is a blog and library for a study group on Facebook, and  for all who are using a studio: artists, art educators and art therapists. It is also the name of a book I am writing. The studio is perceived as […]

The painting wall

The painting wall

“The studio has physical boundaries and an unchanging internal map. These provide a secure field in which the creator can work. The fixed location of the painting wall, work tables, sink, supply cupboard, as well as the studio rules and repetitive rituals – all support […]

About Ink and Sumi

About Ink and Sumi

“THE THERAPEUTIC AND SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE: Like in watercolor, the work process with ink and brush is associated with breathing, inhaling and exhaling. Ink inspires calmness along with drama. Since it produces many shades of a single color, it defines limits that enable comfortable and safe […]