Exploring Self through Expressive Arts
This weekly peer lead group allows high school students to work with specific art processes to explore new sides of ourselves. As the group progresses we can explore topics such as body image, grief, relationships, and/or any topic that is expressed by the group. Artistic processes include, but are not limited to: collage, painting, drawing, clay, drumming, and glasswork. We will also connect with our environment outdoors through hiking. All materials will be provided, including journal and art materials.
Alexa Tsouknakis is a student at Woodstock Union High School. Alexa writes, “As a teenage girl going through adolescence, dealing with grief, and transitioning to adulthood I find that the arts have a significant impact on my wellbeing, specifically the “process” of the art form. I want to give back to the community for helping me deal with grief and also provide other students my age an opportunity to talk, or not to talk, to draw, or not to draw, but to give them a space where they feel secure and welcome to explore life in adolescence through art.”
Ben Fox, LCMHC, ArtisTree Art Educator & Coordinator, is a local expressive arts therapist with a long and diverse history of art and trades experience. A stained glass artisan in his youth, Ben sought further arts education at RISD and the Pilchuck School of Glass. Ben has a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies and a B.A. in Studio Art from Hamilton College. He has taught and worked in various creative fields such as making outdoor clothing and bags, fine woodworking, photography, and lately outdoor sculpture.
Jacqueline Overstreet (AKA J.J.) is the Events Coordinator and an instructor at ArtisTree. She has a BA in Historic Preservation & Community Planning and a minor in Studio Art, and completed her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. J.J. coordinates the ArtisTree Daily Artists, a group that has been active now for 3 years. She has her own private therapy practice in the Farmhouse at ArtisTree, focusing primarily on working with children and teenagers to help them navigate the challenges of growing up with more ease and presence.