Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Art Therapy Column

Photo taken by Natasha Shapiro, a licensed and board certified Creative Arts Therapist of TriBeCa Healing Arts Studio in NYC. She is an artist, art therapist and healer who enjoys using her studio for her own art making and as an inviting place for others to make art.

About this photo: “This photo is of me and the large column in my new studio. The column has been an ongoing group art therapy project that has no end. Anyone who comes to the studio can paint it. Children and adults, some of whom never make art in here are drawn to the fun of painting on a column. As a symbol of support, the column represents how we are all supporting each other in some way through the power of creativity…


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8 comments on “Art Therapy Column

  1. Paula McLane Jennings
    July 13, 2013

    I love the idea of the column. I wish I was not too old to go back to school as I would love to be an art therapist. I feel that my ‘God-sized dream’ as Holly Gerth would call it is to do art, particularly to help other abused and hurting women and children find healing through doing art as I have. I wish your blog had a subscribe button as it looked amazing and there was so much I would like to read when I get the chance. Your studio must be wonderful.


  2. Scottish Vision
    July 13, 2013

    Many things don’t add up in life! The purity of mind has been skewed:
    “money doesn’t make you happy it merely makes the misery easier to bear!” … “Politicians are elected by the people, then proceed to screw those people over!” …
    “Drugs are not a way of life, they are the end of it!” …

    But art, art inspires, art leaves us in awe but most importantly, art, in all it’s myriad forms, lets us step outside of ourselves and see the world with the innocence of children, and as a result we get a little reborn!

    The creation of art and the appreciation of art is the balm of a weary soul!

    I have used photography to help those people with a weight on their shoulder to express themselves and discussed what they have created where they could not “talk” about how they felt. I’ve seen so many people work together on one installation where they bonded and became a family.

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Emma Lewis
    July 13, 2013

    A great thing to put your arms around, too… A feeling of strength.


  4. olivethepeople
    July 13, 2013

    I love this. And the meaning behind it!!


  5. OyiaBrown
    July 14, 2013

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  6. Reblogged this on Art Therapy and Related Topics and commented:
    My photo is up on Briken Light Collective!!!


  7. Lawanna
    July 17, 2013

    I have fun with, result in I discovered just what I was taking a look for.
    You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man.

    Have a nice day. Bye


  8. V S Antony
    February 25, 2016

    All those who are interested in psychotherapy and art/literature should not miss studying the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.


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