What is the Good Enough Studio?

What is the Good Enough Studio?

The Good Enough Studio is a library blog and a FB study group, and for all who are using a studio: artists, art educators, and art therapists. The studio is perceived as an extension of the artist, educator, and art therapist. It is my best 

Thoughts about Gouache paint

Thoughts about Gouache paint

  All materials in the studio own built-in emotional and spiritual qualities. Working in a studio means “talking” in the language of materials. Each medium has an inner language. This is also true to found objects and all Matter we collect or decide to express 

Why do adults are so involved in children’s drawings?

Why do adults are so involved in children’s drawings?

Toddlers and young children learn the world in their bodies by enjoying and propensity sensory, emotions, imagination, and balance. The signs they leave in the food that is smeared, in the sand of the sea, a line on the house wall, or on paper are 

Water cycle in nature – told, drawn, and explained by 5,3 Hillel.

Water cycle in nature – told, drawn, and explained by 5,3 Hillel.

All children go through similar phases of artistic expression: leaving the first accidental marks, deliberate scribbling, and drawing. Victor Lowenfeld, in his classical book, Creative and Mental Growth, offers rich knowledge and developmental tables. He recognized and referred us to constructing forms and compositions that 

The Soothing Nature of Scribbles by Suzanne Axelsson

The Soothing Nature of Scribbles by Suzanne Axelsson

The freedom of drawing a snowstorm – big movements, swirling, swirling to emulate the wind, the sound of chalk on coarse paper contributing to the effect. Just as we rock babies to sooth them (and quite often, I believe, ourselves too) scribbles can be a 

The Genesis of Line

The Genesis of Line

Toddlers first lines are formed by chance from a sensory-motor need. They notice and discover that their body movements can leave a mark in substances. Jasmin Berman They try this magic countless times with immense enjoyment. They then create deliberate lines and marks in their 

Studio art materials in the 21st century

Studio art materials in the 21st century

When we imagine an art studio in a school or an art therapy studio, the image that will surface is an easel, paints, papers, and perhaps clay. Nevertheless, since the 20th century, the forms of expression in the art are so diverse!  These days, any 

Art lessons are misused for purposes other than creation.

Art lessons are misused for purposes other than creation.

Art educators in Israel and the USA are required to use some time for matters external to art-making. Why and how is this happening? I will elaborate on this phenomenon in both locations. An art teacher in Israel is expected to relate to Religious holidays. 

What Material Am I Now?  A Phenomenological Tool

What Material Am I Now? A Phenomenological Tool

“What material am I now?” is a valuable question and tool that I often practice with students, therapists, supervisees, and clients in our first session. It is based on an intuitive choice of material or object which, only later, through the process, will reveal its 

How do we encourage engagement in the studio?

How do we encourage engagement in the studio?

Using materials accurately creates opportunities and mental and emotional space for a genuine creation process for each child. This means you need not put too much on table centers – only the minimum required. Less is more. But, for the most part, teachers are afraid 

How do materials communicate feelings and thoughts?

How do materials communicate feelings and thoughts?

Materials are patiently waiting for us to provide them with a verbal voice that will elucidate how actions and matter represent emotional and cognitive transformation. I believe this is essential for our future generations of art therapists. Here is a story from my new book: