Art Therapy, Painting, Process
13th Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
Art Therapy, Painting, Process
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The first person view is of particular usefulness in the acount of how art therapy works. The race is on right now to put the huge body of knowledge which art therapy relies on, into scientific language. However, we must remember that experience and observation do have scientific value, if not validity. We must not stray away from the inherent value of narrated experience while looking for quantifiable data. This means that the first person account of the painting process is valuable as a starting point for a phenomenonological inquiry. Thus, the painter is like a Dr. Penfield , poking inside his own experience while taking notes on the effects of such poking around.  This is the right brain activity that gives the left brain something to talk about.

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