Thursday, 14 June 2018

Narrative and Traditional Tales


Introductions and discussion about tools and recourses we add to our Art therapy tool kit. 

Tradition Tales tool workshop delivered by Carol Arnold. 

“There is a large amount of literature on the history and interpretation of traditional and fairy tales, which reveals a prevailing interest in them. Some of the literature indicates that these tales could be useful in therapy. The distance provided by discussing a story instead of directly addressing anxieties, as well as an inherent sense of justice present in the stories, appeared to help clients express themselves. In particular, the language of metaphor and symbolism in traditional and fairy tales seems similar to that of Art Therapy.

Little research into the specific use of traditional and fairy tales in Art Therapy appeared to exist, so I designed an exploratory study using a small sample of children, which was conducted over 4 weeks. The study indicated that the participants were able to engage quickly with the traditional tale and use it to express their feelings about their difficulties in unique and individual ways. 

I have since used the 4 week traditional tales tool  in therapy sessions both with adults and children and would like to share it with you all.

"Fairy stories loosen the chains of the imagination. They give you things to think with - images to think with - and the sense that all things are possible"   (Pullman, 2014)” 
Carol Arnold




Visit to the gallery exhibitions 

Speech acts: Reflection-Imagionation-Repertition:

Through the work of more than 40 artists, Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination- Repetition considers how public museums reflect and shape our collective imagination, and examines how exhibitions can affect these shared narratives. This exhibition shows how artworks can nurture new stories if they are shown in ways beyond the limited frames of biography and identity.

Annie Swynnerton: Painting light and hope 

The first retrospective for nearly a century of the Manchester born painter Annie Swynnerton, a pioneering professional artist who challenged convention in art and life.


Reflective Art making in response to the day

4pm finish 

: Painting Light andHope

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