Expressive Arts Workshop Series
Drawing, painting, sculpting and other art media can be powerful promoters of mental health and wellbeing. Art-making sessions will begin with a simple and brief art-based warm-up activity, and then move to a group discussion on a chosen topic. The second portion of the class time will be devoted to working with the art materials. Participants will be invited to share their work and their thoughts at the end of each art-making session. This is not an art class, but an opportunity to play and experiment with an assortment of art materials. No prior arts experience is required!
Kathleen Dolan has an LCMHC from the State of Vermont, an MA in Art Therapy, and an MA in Fine Arts. She has worked with children for over 30 years as a care provider, counselor and in association with visual arts and music. Kathleen is a registered Music Together teacher, a research-based early childhood development program that provides the foundation for music education to infants through kindergarten-aged children. Along with several other therapists Kathleen has a counseling practice for children and adults near ArtisTree. She remains a part-time arts instructor for children and adults and continues to raise her two now teenaged children.
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.