The First Drop-In Art Studio for Art Therapists
May 3, 2015
On an overcast day, a group of NorCATA members, including myself and one other board member, Deborah Sharpe, gathered at Dr. Laury Rappaport's spacious home studio to work on our own art projects - some long-neglected, and some as an expressive present-moment experiential processing - with watercolors, pastels, acrylics, metal, ephemera, and a glue gun.
The grounds and views from the studio are bucolic and inspiring - and project a feeling of an art therapy retreat in a non-urban setting.
Laury, myself, and other members played a few favorite Pandora music stations while we worked. Towards the end of the afternoon, we all gathered as a group around each of our pieces, and casually spoke about our process and feelings about being here. Everyone was moved as we listened and witnessed each other's art and process. It felt good to share being in the art process with each other - as a balance to our roles as therapists.
Before leaving, Laury invited us to contribute to a big spontaneous sumi brush painting on to the paper on the floor. She also mentioned that the sumi ink and brushes can be purchased at any of the Daiso Japan gift stores around the bay (they are $1.50 stores and have many wonderful things, including baskets for art materials).
Laury pointed out that Natalie Rogers, daughter of Carl Rogers, once owned her home, built and worked in this studio, and facilitated her person-centered expressive arts trainings here.
- Devora Weinapple