The Field of Art Therapy - An Overview Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the discipline of art therapy.
# 146581 | 3,211 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in Psychology (Therapies) , Art (General)

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This paper explores art therapy from its inception to how it is used in clinical settings today. Additionally, the paper posits whether art therapy is helpful in overcoming homesickness. First, the paper gives a literature review in which the discipline of art therapy and its goals are described by various scholars in the field. In particular, this review focuses on Margaret Naumburg and Edith Kramer, who are known as the foremothers of the art therapy. The work of other founders in this field are also discussed. The paper then continues as a study, stating research questions and finding appropriate literature to support its thesis. The paper concludes by stating that no one expert sees art therapy the same way, and it is therefore important to consider the many different approaches in this field.


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"Following those initial steps, the client is then asked to choose the medium that best reflects what she or he is visualizing; it might be drawing, painting, modeling or even constructing something. The additional dimension to be blended into this creative experience is color, the SBC essay continues. According to this explanation of art therapy the client in one particular instance is first asked to draw the figure - be it a tree, person, house or boat - and then use a crayon to add some color. Reportedly, if the client uses one color, he or she may be seen as "inhibited"; however a "more psychotic person" will use many colors to help illustrate thoughts, feelings, and responses to stimuli (SBC essay). On average most clients use five colors during this project."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kramer, Edith. "Art and Emptiness: New Problem in Art Education and Art Therapy." American Journal of Art Therapy Vol. 40 (2001): 6-15.
  • Kramer, Edith. "Commencement Address to the August, 1996, Graduates of The Master's of Arts in Art Therapy Program, Vermont College of Norwich University." American Journal of Art Therapy 35.2 (1996): 39-41.
  • Kramer, Edith. "On Quality in Art and Art Therapy." American Journal of Art Therapy Vol. 40 (2002): 218-222.
  • Naumburg, Margaret. "Spontaneous Art in Education and Psychotherapy." American Journal of Art Therapy Vol. 40 (2001): 46-56.
  • Sweet Briar College "Art Therapy." Retrieved April 14, 2009, from

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