Since I didn’t necessarily do a post for everything we did this past semester, I thought I would do a short post summarizing our activities from the semester that you may not have heard about as well as some that I already posted about. Enjoy!
In August, the program welcomed eight new students! Click here to meet them!
Just after the beginning of the semester one of our professors, Gussie Klorer, along with other art therapists in the St. Louis/Ferguson area started Ribbons of Hope, a collaborative community art project for Ferguson, MO. Ribbons of Hope has been a project that many of our students have participated in throughout the semester. Click here to read more about it and to get involved in the project!
In September, the Art Therapy Pedalers stopped by and we got to spend some time hanging out with them and drawing and coloring! The Art Therapy Pedalers are two art therapists riding bikes from Iowa to New Orleans, pulling an art therapy studio, and making art with people along the way. You can like them on Facebook or visit them here. Holly and Bert were really great to talk to! Holly mentioned that their bike ride New Orleans put her and Bert in the position of being vulnerable, whereas normally their clients are the vulnerable ones. I thought that was really interesting!
Holly and Bert had a scroll of fax paper (who remembers those!?) and markers and many of us sat with them and colored on their scroll. Here are some pictures!
The second to last weekend in October, six of our students traveled to Chicago for the Illinois Art Therapy Association conference. We had a blast! Click here to read more about our time at IATA!
The last weekend in October one of the first year’s had a Halloween party and there were some great art therapy themed costumes! We had a “Me Box,” a PPAT, a Silver Drawing Test, and an art therapist.
The fiancé of one of the second years came as an art therapist. He had a sketch book for people ro draw in, was wearing a long purple dress with a sweater, had a purse that was satchel style and a bottle of wine. He pretty much nailed it, though the picture doesn’t do it much justice at all!
The first year class dressed up as the rainbow!
In the beginning of November, two of our students attended the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City. I have a full post on this coming soon! The conference was great and we had a great time!!
The Saturday after Thanksgiving , following the aftermath of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case, three of our students as well as a few friends/husbands of those students volunteered by painting murals in our neighboring town of Ferguson, Missouri. Here are a few pictures from that, though there is a full post on this as well, check it out here!
Our work was featured in an article in This Week in CAS from SIUE. You can check that article out here!
In December we exchanged Secret Santa gifts and had a potluck lunch to celebrate one of our professors, Sharyl Parashak, who was retiring. It was a bit bittersweet. We love Sharyl and will miss her but we wish her all the best for the next chapter of her life! And look forward to seeing her events around town!
Stay tuned for more updates, including information about the spring conference and other SATA business!
Happy New Year to you!