Creative Life Coaching

Creative Life Coaching

TopazeArt & Creative Coaching

Creative Life Coaching and
Art has changed Jackie’s life dramatically resulting in a calmer and more understanding person. Jackie has also met many wonderful people throughout her journey and well as  having the opportunity to start her own art business, exhibit her art and share her love of colour and painting with others.  Jackie has also created a collection of original artwork thank you cards and puzzles”.
Why did you become a Life Coach? I was discovering that during my art classes, my students seemed to open up and talk about all sorts of things as they painted and the classes were becoming more like ‘Art Therapy’. People seemed to find it easy to open up as they painted, feeling that the studio was a safe,  nonjudmental place.  This led me to thinking that I could use the two elements together or separately, so for me it was that easy and…

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From Graduate School to Employment: Sharing My Profession & Advocating for the Field

From Graduate School to Employment: Sharing My Profession & Advocating for the Field

The Socially Responsible Practitioner

Briana Colton_280x280Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from Adler University. A Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  Today she writes:

When I began looking for a job, one of the first pieces of advice I received from mentors in the field of art therapy focused on finding opportunities to advocate for the field.

One woman suggested, “If you have information on a particular topic that you feel is interesting, write up a description and send it along to your former faculty offering to do a guest lecture.”  Another art therapist I know and respect suggested creating workshop ideas and getting practice providing art therapy experiences to different populations.  A third suggested finding a place to volunteer, to…

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Hidden feelings activity 


Art of Social Work

For this activity you just need a paper towel roll and paper (I also use pipe cleaners for the arms and legs).

1) The child makes arms and legs for the cardboard roll and covers the bottom of the roll with paper.
2) Cut two slits on the front, top end of the roll next to each other (this is how the faces are held on the front).
3) Have the child make a variety of feelings faces based on his or her developmental level. Talk about masking feelings and how feelings can be bottled up when they aren’t expressed safely.
4) Take turns telling stories about the character and have the child guess the bottled up emotions.
For example, “Matthew looks really angry today in class. He was yelling at the teacher and won’t talk to his friends. But really he’s thinking about how his grandmother died last year…

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Art and Grace

Art and Grace

Where Creativity Works

the first time we met

Service is important to me, so I have been volunteering my time at nursing home that cares for dementia and Alzheimer patients. As a member of Marywood’s art honors society, Zeta Omicron Kappa Pi, I volunteered to participate in activity at the nursing home for community service; the event was “wine and painting.” While we were there we served the participants wine and led them in a painting project. Each one of us worked with one of the participants of the activity. I worked with a wonderful woman, whom we will call “Grace” for confidentiality reasons. Although she has dementia, she is always extremely cheerful. We painted a flower together and she enjoyed the process very much. She cried after our activity because of how happy she was. I asked her if she would like to paint together again and she immediately replied, “Oh…

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