WHAT IS ART THERAPY?

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Definition from the American Art Therapy Association

INDIVIDUAL ART THERAPY SERVICES

  • Art Therapy provided by Darlene Becker, MA ATR-BC
  • Fee $90 for a 1 hour session
  • Base Camp Studio does not currently accept insurance
  • 30 minute FREE consultation
Note: Base Camp Studio is committed to making services affordable and accessible. Sliding scale fees and scholarships are available for services and programs.

GROUP ART THERAPY SERVICES

  • Facilitated by Master’s Level Art Therapists and/or a Board Certified Art Therapist
  • Participants in these groups will come together with a common experience and/or intention
  • Group fees vary depending on number of participants and length of group
  • Visit our Programs Page to see current Art Therapy Group offerings
  • Please request a group to meet your needs! 
Note: Base Camp Studio is committed to making services affordable and accessible. Sliding scale fees and scholarships are available for services and programs.

ART THERAPY CONSULTATION & TRAINING

  • Base Camp Studio enjoys working with community partners to develop programs to fit specific populations and needs
  • Base Camp Studio provides trainings for teachers, counselors and other school staff; Trainings provide therapeutic art interventions for you to use with your students/clients
  • Base Camp Studio provides workshops for businesses; Creativity is an important component of any business! Unlock the creative potential of your organization or business through a fun and effective process

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be an artist or have experience making art to benefit from Art Therapy?

No, there is no need to have experience or artistic “talent”. All you need is a willingness to engage with the art materials and remain open to the creative process. Everyone has the innate ability to be creative and to express themselves non-verbally. We will work with you to find an art medium that enables you to express yourself and communicate effectively.

What are the benefits of Art Therapy?

The benefits of Art Therapy include: calming, stress release, creative outlet; inspiration and discovery of spark or passion; improved self-esteem, self-awareness & insight, gaining awareness of emotions, connecting with sensory memories and body sensations, healthy communication of thoughts, ideas and emotions; a way to process trauma, grief, loss; a product to reflect on or visual reminder… to name a few.

What can Art Therapy provide? What makes it a unique modality?

Art Therapy can provide expression and containment. Creating an image allows a client to objectify the image and create distance, making talking about it easier. This can limit the flooding of images and sensations. Art initiates access to body based emotional imagery, then allowing for expression and maybe reflection. Art gives clients a way to tell their stories and this can reduce symptoms. Sometimes it is the only way (or the first way) to share a story. The use of art materials is part of what makes Art Therapy a unique modality it’s really the intersection of the art materials in the context of a therapeutic relationship is what makes Art therapy unique and effective.

Who can benefit from Art Therapy? Is it just for kids?

Art Therapy can be beneficial for individuals of all ages and all abilities.

Kids can benefit from Art Therapy as they naturally engage in the materials and are able to process non-verbally. Children who do not have the language to express all of their thoughts and feelings verbally can find a way to communicate that is safe and effective.

Art Therapy can be particularly effective with Teens as it can offer a non-threatening way to communicate and express oneself. Adults can benefit from Art Therapy through the non-verbal aspects as well. Like any therapy, Art Therapy can include hard work; but it can also be extremely empowering and sometimes loads of fun.

Read about Value of Art Expression in Trauma-Informed Work

Are all Base Camp programs considered Art Therapy?

No. We provide individual and group Art Therapy. We also provide Open Studio sessions, Classes and Workshops. Base Camp Studio believes in the power of Art and acknowledges that working with art materials individually and/or in groups can often be therapeutic. Art Therapy, however, is something different; it is designed intentionally with therapeutic goals and objectives, as well as occurring within a mutually defined therapeutic relationship.

What is Open-Ended Art?

Open-Ended Art Activities are not a free for all. There is freedom within a set structure. When setting up Open-Ended Art Projects instead of thinking about the product that will be made, we are thinking about the inherent qualities of the materials, how they tap into our senses and emotions, how they encourage children to investigate the world, to understand and to communicate who they are. Rather than all making the same project, children are introduced to specific materials and learn to to create their own artwork exploring the different properties and possibilities. Open-ended art activities provide the experience of exploring and experimenting without the burden of doing it “right” or making it look like the model.

Children become active learners through this creative process. Open-Ended Art Activities teach children to think for themselves and to trust their own imaginative ideas. They are solving open-ended problems through this process of exploration and discovery. Open- Ended Art Activities offer the possibility for trial and error, and even failure. This process improves resiliency. Children keep trying, maintain optimism and perseverance even when the first attempt doesn’t work.Through the process of Open-Ended Art Activities children learn to take risks and to engage in divergent thinking and innovative problem solving. As we cultivate their creativity we focus on process over product. We learn to celebrate even a brown mushy painting!

Most people agree that creativity is crucial for overall well-being. But why? Creativity and finding a creative passion is linked to big ideas like happiness, optimism, resilience. It is linked to the capacity to solve life’s problems as well as to find joy in pursuing a passion. As we look to the skills that our children will need in the future, creativity is often cited as one of – if not the most – important skill for future success. And Creativity is a skill, not an inborn talent, so it can be learned and developed! When children are given the freedom to be creative, their capacity for creativity increases. The more children are given open-ended questions or problems to solve, the more capable they are of arriving at creative solutions. Our job is to support creativity, to honor it, to help children to develop creativity – so that they can see possibilities, be mindful, optimistic, empathic, open minded, innovative, passionate, happy people.

There is much to gain through the intentional use of materials and a focus on the creative process. The arts benefit development of sensory, attentional, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities. These capacities lay the foundation for all other learning. Open-Ended Art Activities help children to develop their self esteem; they can also figure out what they are passionate about, what interests them, or who they are. The arts enable children to experience success and to gain confidence.They can communicate and express what they may not be able to verbalize. As we observe children making art, we see that they process life’s events in this way. The arts can make visible children’s thinking. Children build empathy and interpersonal understanding as they experience the limitless possibilities that can come out of materials and the many ways individuals may process the same idea in different media. Working with art materials, side by side other children, enables a child to practice respecting a space with others, sharing materials and sharing ideas, collaborating, and asking for what is needed.

What program offerings do you anticipate for the future?

We have a vision of providing quality programs for all ages and abilities in the studio.

Base Camp Studio is YOUR studio – let us know what you want to see happening! (link to contact/email). Your input and feedback on current and future program helps us to serve the community the best we can.

How can I get involved in Base Camp Studio?

Base Camp Studio is growing! We are currently looking for volunteers, facilitators and board members. Please contact us and let us know about your interest.