Contemporary Art Therapy with Adolescents

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Contemporary Art Therapy with Adolescents offers practical and imaginative solutions to the multifaceted challenges that clinicians face when treating young people. The author fuses the contemporary theories of clinical treatment with the creative processes of art therapy to arrive at a synthesis which yields successful outcomes when working with adolescents. Clinicians of allied disciplines, particularly art therapists, will find practical suggestions for using imagery to enrich their relationships with teenaged clients. The process of using art-making therapeutically, and the challenges of applying creativity in the current mental health world, are explored.

Shirley Riley reviews current theories on adolescent development and therapy, and emphasizes the primary importance of relying on the youths’ own narrative in the context of their social and economic backgrounds. She has found this approach preferential to following pre-designed assessment directives as a primary function of art therapy. Family, group and individual treatment are examined, as is the adolescent’s response to short- and long-term treatment in residential and therapeutic school settings. The book is firmly rooted in Riley’s clinical experience of working with this age group, and her proven ability to combine contemporary theories of adolescent treatment with inventive and effective art expressions.



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Mens The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai T Shirt Medium Navy

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This is the perfect gift for artists, art lovers, a japanophile, anime and manga lover, librarians, bookworms, literature lovers, writers, authors, educators, professors, teachers and students. Japan, Japanese, painting, painters, museum
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Reasons To Invest in Judaica Art Today


There’s a lot of different pieces of art that you can purchase. You can go for modern offerings, or things from the past, spending thousands of dollars in the process. There’s nothing wrong with these options, but what if you want to go with something a bit religious? Perhaps you want something that represents the culture and faith that you hold to on a regular basis. That’s where Judaica art options can come into play. Right now there are some amazing artists working on pieces that celebrate the glory and riches of the Jewish tradition, and you can behold them. There’s a few reasons why you may want to invest in pieces from modern offerings of this type, and it may surprise you a bit.

Celebrating Faith

The first reason why you will want to look into art of this type is simple, to celebrate the Jewish faith. The Jewish faith dates back centuries, and it is the foundation for a great deal of religious studies and churches today. Whether you stick to the conservative, traditional study, or you are moving forward to Christendom, you’ll find that Judaica can be celebrated by anyone that honors the faith, culture, and beauty that comes from the past. Celebrating with a fine piece of art is a great way to showcase your love for all things Judaica.

Giving From The Heart

There are celebrations throughout the year that are distinctly Jewish. During these times of prayer, reflection, and giving, you may be tempted to find a unique gift. If that’s the case, why not look into Judaica art and see what can celebrate the feast, the event, and relationship that individuals have with the Jewish tradition. You’ll find that by going this route, you’ll be combining several elements together, and bringing about great joy wherever you may go.

At the end of the day, there’s a lot of different reasons why you may want to invest in art of all types. But narrowing down your selection to celebrate Judaica can be tough at times. Take your time and explore what modern offerings can bring to you in this regards, and you’ll see that there’s an immense beauty found in the world of Jewish art today. There’s a lot to explore, and you could easily find a great gift for yourself, or for someone else. There’s an incredible beauty found in what is available today, that’s for sure.

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The Kids Room by Stupell Take me out to the Ballgame Oval Wall Plaque

The Kids Room by Stupell Take me out to the Ballgame Oval Wall Plaque

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Proudly made in the USA, all of our wall plaques start off as high quality lithograph prints that are then mounted on durable MDF wood. Each piece is hand finished and comes with a fresh layer of foil on the sides to give it a crisp clean look. It arrives ready to hang with no installation required, and comes with sturdy clear corners to keep it from damaging in transit.Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 15 Inches
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Colorful art for your child’s space that’s just as fun as they are.
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The Making of a Patachitra Painting


We have all seen contemporary artists in action. We have seen them splash paint on giant canvases. But there is another way to make great art. And that is through the rigor of practice and the perfect control over one’s fingers. In the world of traditional artists – practice marks out the best from the rest. Through eyes that can barely see, and through the strength of their frail fingers – the older generation of indigenous artists, create art that simply tantalizes the perfectionists.

Patachitra art has been around for a long time. However the alienation of indigenous art forms has made it difficult for the enthusiast to find out the techniques and methods which produce a great Patachitra. Conversely some of the traditional techniques require upgrading to the latest available materials and tools. With the intention to understand how authentic Patachitra is made, I traveled to Raghurajpur in Orissa to get a first hand view of some of the best Patachitra artists.

So how is good Patachitra made? There a number of steps in the traditional style. The first is of course the preparation of the materials required for the painting. Tamarind seeds are soaked in water in an earthen pot and then boiled to get a gummy solution. Rice powder may be added to give a stiffer feel to the canvas. This process knows as ‘Niryas Kalpa’ takes a few days.

After this, two course cotton cloth pieces of the same dimensions are selected and pasted together using this solution. This forms the ‘Pata’ or the base canvas for the painting. Chalk, clay or stone powder is then mixed with the tamarind solution and applied on both sides of the canvas to give it a semi-absorbent surface coat. After canvas has dried it is burnished first with coarse grain, and then with polished stones to give it a smooth surface. The process of polishing involves many hours of careful work. The result is a canvas with high tensile strength and an excellent surface coat for the intricate lines that are to be made on it.

‘Chitrakarita’ or the process of painting begins once the canvas has been polished. The first step called ‘pahili ranga bhara’, involves painting a red background and the borders and outlines of the composition. The central solid colors are then painted in. The main colors used are red, brick red, yellow, white and lamp black. Many different types of brushes are used to make the different details on the painting. For fine lines, brushes made of the hair of a rat or mongoose is used. For thicker lines buffalo hair is the traditional choice. Kiya plants have been used to make the bolder lines, in the past. However in the last few years some of the artists have started using standard painting brushes made of synthetic materials.

The painting is finished with a coat of lacquer, applied using a soft cloth. After the lacquer has dried completely, the edges are clipped down to the decorative border. The lacquer layer is called ‘jausala’, and is glazed in the final step. In earlier times the lacquer layer was made by sprinkling resin powder on the painting and then holding it down with a hot bag of sand. Synthetic varnish has been used as a substitute in recent times with mixed results. A fallout of the varnish is the brown tinge to the painting.

In the past the themes of the Patachitra paintings belonged to a few major categories

  • Pictures of the god Jagannath
  • Hindu epics and episodes especially “Krishna Leela”
  • Stories from Folklore
  • Worship of various gods and goddesses
  • Animal and bird themes
  • Erotic themes

In recent times modern themes have started appearing on these paintings, even including themes from other religions. However the newer themes are mostly secular and center around modern day events and stories. The depictions however are not uniform and the structure of the paintings can vary from circular paintings to long rectangular panels.

The Patachitra artist also paints on a variety of mediums other than the ‘Pata’. ‘Talapatachitra’ is a variation of the style done on dried palm leaves stitched together to make a canvas. The design in this technique are primarily made with a needle head and etched on to the surface of the dried leaves. This is an extremely difficult and time-consuming process requiring many hours concentration at a time. The older artists develop eye problems mainly due to the extremely detailed designs they make using this technique.

Other mediums that have been used are wooden boxes, tassar silk apparel, coconut shells, wooden doors and panels and even traditional playing cards called ‘Ganjifa’. Compendiums of mythological stories called ‘Chitra-pothies’ are made from many palm leaf paintings stacked together between decorated wooden covers and held by strings or silk threads. These form interesting and memorable gifts, especially desired by the discerning tourists visiting the state of Orissa.

In a following article we are going to examine what differentiates a good painting from an average one. Also on the cards is a an indepth look at the life of a Patachitra artists and the hardships which have made most of them abandon this most delectable art form.

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Collage Techniques: A Guide for Artists and Illustrators

Collage Techniques: A Guide for Artists and Illustrators

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One of many exhilarating artistic developments that took place during the early twentieth century, the fine art medium of collage emerged from the cubist gluing and pasting explorations of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. As a result of its experimental genesis, collage has continued to serve not only as a primary form of expression for many prominent artists, but as a principal means of evaluating and developing new creative strategies.

Conceived and written by renowned artist, author, and teacher Gerald Brommer, Collage Techniques first presents the medium within the context of a wide variety of materials, including washi (oriental and rice papers) and watermedia; stained, prepared, and found papers; photographs; and fabrics and fibers. Each category of material is examined through a step-by-step demonstration and works by artists who approach collage in original and refreshing ways. The latest trends in technologically enhanced collage, including such high-tech applications as multiple photocopying and digital scanning, are also discussed. The author then explores how the elements and principles of design are used in collage, and how they in turn are employed in all the major genre, including still life, landscape, the human figure, abstraction, and nonobjective imagery.

Beautifully illustrated with the work of more than eighty noted artists, including Edward Betts, Jae Carmichael, Margo Hoff, Katherine Chang Liu, and Fred Otnes, Collage Techniques is an essential reference for all artists and illustrators, regardless of their creative focus or choice of medium.Watson-Guptill Publications



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Toland Home Garden Van Gogh’s Sunflowers-Decorative Flower Painting Spring Summer House Flag

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At Toland Home Garden, we are proud to be creating the best decorative garden products on the market. Our deluxe flags are printed and produced in the USA and with over 3,000 flag designs, Toland has a variety of flags for all moments in your life. Be it spring, summer, autumn or winter, a national holiday or a statement of belief, we have flags for every occasion. There are many uses for Toland flags; as a pretty present to give to a loved one, a funny joke hanging from your porch to make your neighbors laugh, or a unique tapestry to hang in your home. We are always adding fun, new designs so be sure to check back frequently!Toland Home Garden’s durable indoor, outdoor art flags and banners are made of machine washable 100% polyester and are UV, fade, and mildew resistant to keep them flying for many seasons
Flag is available in a small, mini Garden size (12.5 x 18″) or a large House size (28 x 40″); design is one sided with the image being visible from both sides and text appearing correctly on one side
Flags are printed in the USA using premium colorfast permanent dye to create colorful, vibrant, bright designs from creative, original artwork
Since 1978, Toland has been producing premium, quality flags that make great gifts for any deck, patio, porch or veranda and make charming decorative statements for any backyard, lawn or garden
Artistic flags hang beautifully from a sewn-in sleeve and it’s easy to switch out our seasonal flag designs using Toland’s standard line of flag poles, stands, arbors, and hangers



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Koi Fish, Cherry Blossom and Lotus Flower Tattoos – The Full Story on Japanese Designs For Women


Just about any style Japanese tattoo seems to currently be hot. Tattooing trends sure change from year to year and in the past few years that has been a real rise in the popularity of Japanese tattoos. Along with the rise of tattoos for women these seem to be two of the biggest trends in the market and two trends that are starting to combine. There are many women, girls and females out there that are getting some pretty pink Japanese tattoo designs inked on themselves including big Japanese sleeve tattoos, large back pieces and even more delicate and cute leg, hip and rib designs. So what do these designs mean and what is the symbolism behind them anyway?

While the symbolism behind any tattoo is not a hard or fast science that the symbol always means just one thing there are some common understandings that can be used. Symbols mean different things at different times and to different people. So what once was a symbol of something that is bad might now be worn as a badge of courage and so on. However these are some of the more common Japanese tattoo meaning for popular designs that women would be most interested in.

Koi Fish Tattoos Symbolism

Koi fish have been a very deep part of the Japanese psyche for thousands of years. Even today there is hardly a temple that does not have a small koi pond filled with these majestic fish. The original lore probably came from China but has been handed down for so many thousands of years that Japanese now believe that it is always been there own. Anyway the koi fish is believe to be a powerful, strong and independent fish. The story goes that this fish swims up stream against the current (thus is why there are often drawing splashing) and if they are strong enough and have enough power they eventually reach the highest gate and once they pass through it they become a dragon and fly up powerfully into the sky.

The symbolism for most Japanese is one of strength, power and being true to one self. This is something that works well with many women today who want to strike out on their own and feel their own power and independence.

Cherry Blossom Tattoos

The cherry blossom has always been a very deeply symbolic and important flower for the Japanese also. In fact it is probably one of the most important symbols within the culture. The samurai warriors used to write poems and dedicated works of art to capturing the essence of the cherry blossom. In fact in many ways the samurai thought of the cherry blossom as a symbolic of their own life. The cherry blossom comes out early in the year when it is cold. It is very beautiful but also short lived and will soon fall from the tree. So the samurai also believe and felt about their lives they has to live there life everyday like it was their last without any fear of death. Thus many have heard the popular saying that a samurai would wake up in the morning and say to himself quietly today is a good day to die. This was not meant as a death with but as a life wish to live life to the fullest. This has carried into the symbolism of tattooing also and is equally popular along with the koi fish design.

Lotus Flower Tattoos

Another popular symbol in Japan and actually throughout Asian is the lotus flower. Religiously speaking the lotus flower held great significance historically in India. The power, symbolism and influence of this flower travelled to Asian along with the religious system known as Buddhism. Many believe that the lotus flower best represents the journey of life. The flower starts as a delicate bud down in the bottom muddy part of the water. It slowly pushes to the surface reaching for the sun and then once it hits the top is blossoms into a beautiful flower. This has been symbolic of the journey that every person must go through as they gain enlightenment. Thus you will often see lotus flowers in many religious art works but also it has become a very popular symbol for living life to it’s fullest and striving.

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Stupell Home Décor The More That You Read The More Things You Will Know Rectangle Wall Plaque, 11 x 0.5 x 15, Proudly Made in USA

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Stupell Industries has been providing quality wall art and decorative accessories for over forty years. Offering wall art and home décor in a variety of themes, mediums and sizes. Stupell’s products range from canvas wall art, wood wall art, and framed giclée art. No matter the style, our modern, contemporary, traditional, or baby wall art and home decor is crafted with the utmost consideration and care. All of our products are proudly made in the USA, and are brought to life at our facilities in Johnston, RI.Quote from Dr Seuss art print looks great in a child’s room or playroom
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Fabric Painting As A Career


Fabric painting is not the most conventional of careers to choose from; in fact most would relegate it to the hobbies listing, an obscure craft. Some would ask, “Who would want to spend their career with fabric paint?” But think about it; if the career were not a significant one, we would all be sitting on bland, colorless and design free furniture, we would probably all be dressed up in flour sacks and staring at blank walls. Of course that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get the point, I’m sure.

As a career fabric painter, you have the opportunity to add creative and sometimes colorful value to the world we live in. Although fabric painting can be a laborious pursuit it has become thousands of times easier to reproduce fabric painting on numerous mediums. With the advent of digital art, reproduction artwork can be placed on cups, plates, textiles, shoes, wood and more.

The prospects are actually quite exciting when you think about it. Rather than designers buying that blase fabric for their fashion accessories project, you can now offer them custom fabrics, specially created for their specific use; something unique to their collection. Designers can now say bye, bye to boring; and hello to happy. Their clients will love you for it.

Artists can now create their masterpieces and have them duplicated for short run reproduction just as easy as or perhaps easier than it would have been to process the art through the traditional fabric mills. This is great but there are still some major manufacturing companies that hire artists to create hand painted designs for their new collections. They then take the artists designs and produce them on various types of fabrics.

One career that is easily integrated and is an offshoot of fabric painting is, screen printing, which in itself is a vast field. Traditionally, screen printing has been viewed as the answer to producing tee shirts for schools and casual wear. Today the screen printing industry is booming as artists are getting even more creative and adding flair to their designs.

The sizes of screens have grown from a little bitty square on the front of your shirt to a large format screen designed for all over tee shirt design. Still there are others who use this screen printing method to create custom yardage for sale and for creating their own line of goods.

Such artwork was initially painted on fabric and later printed on garments for toddlers and adults alike. Just as the original was embellished with studs, stones, sequins and glitter, so too are the creations of the silk screen artist. The beauty of course is once the original design has been developed on fabric and screens created, the design can be produced in unlimited colors, sizes and of course quantities.

On the flip side of the screen printing issue are the embellishers who are also fabric painters in their own right. These artists take a generally basic design and customize it, giving it the oomph it may have needed. This is done many times with fabric paint, rhinestones, mirrors, ribbons and a host of other accessories.

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