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Art Is a Way of Knowing Paperback – April 11, 1995
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Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Washington State Univ., Pullman
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Art Is A Way of Knowing has a practical, hands on, and experiential feel to it. It is like a guide book or a manual for those interested in self-exploration through creative activity. Allen persistently invites the reader to join her. I found her to be an encouraging and competent guide."—American Journal of Art Therapy
"Finally, a self-help book that is true to the passionate and turbulent movements of the soul in the process of creation."—Shaun McNiff, Ph.D., author of Art as Medicine
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Do we want fine art or fine human beings? Are we brave enough to do our own work with imagery or will we continue to feed off the work of others? I am a working Expressive & Creative Arts therapist, in a prison psychiatric hospital, and I found Pat Allen's book to be a revelation. She traces the thoughts and emotions emanating from our images, dreams and artworks by sharing her realizations as she created paintings, masks and sculptures. It is rare to have any 'professional' take such risks; to reveal their deepest feelings, doubts and struggles with their work and to take on the establishment, in their field. I am grateful for her courage to 'go there' and for the resulting imagery which resonated deeply with me. Her honesty, about her journey, has helped me understand what is going on in the hearts and minds of my patients, as well as myself. Many issues are just too difficult to articulate, and working with images is crucial for reaching the places within where genuinely positive changes come from.
I believed I 'couldn't draw my way out of a paper bag', yet I was astonished to see how many images poured out of me, as I followed our graduate course work using Pat Allen's chapters as our guiding text. Her insights have also shown me how to become a more active participant in my inner life, instead of a passive observer, and this has taken me past some blockages.
In the USA today (2010)half the population is on anti-depressants, avoiding the very work this book advocates doing. Dare I say, there are far fewer negative side affects from following the course of 'treatment' in this book. The expressive & creative arts (music, poetry, art, etc.Read more ›
The book is filled with her own original artwork,and it is a very open,brave art indeed.
Her suggestions for the reader are very stimulating,and make one eager to begin to make art.She offers many examples of art activities and materials.,and even has an appendix for a music catalogue(she suggests listening to music while artmaking)and an adress for art supply catalogue...Everyone will feel like an artist,as well as getting to know oneself at a deep level through doing this book.
Allen's book pushes me to keep on keeping on! For so long I've wondered about how to adapt what I make so others understand. Now I'm learning that has been the wrong question and challenge. This book was part of my realization of what Art is Really For -- for learning about myself -- for a message to myself -- a personal magic. Art can and does change the way we live our lives. The interesting thing to me is how making your own art can reveal deeper meanings in your life -- the real value of art-making -- understanding and meaning. Initially symbols may seem to mean something, but Pat Allen gives examples in her own life which show how understanding and living through the experiences of our lives change they way we perceive the meanings of our personal symbols. That's the great and wonderful thing about the symbolic language of images. ... A direct and candid look at one artist's experience of making art...which can inspire all of us who are driven to make things, and which can help us to better understand why. In many cases the answer in our artwork will come later, in time, when we are ready for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Demonstrates a good understanding of how image making can help you self evolve constantly throughout your life. Very interesting concepts. Loved it!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is an excellent book looking at art therapy and expressive arts facilitation. The book starts out by providing an overview of how to work with different art materials and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl Lee Ludwig
LOVING IT! Right from the first chapter I learned something about MYSELF! Shocked at how easy to understand this teaching is. Read morePublished 12 months ago by E E
Raw, honest, and powerfully insightful book, with personal and professional anecdotes and images, that will inspire any art therapists and creatives... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Happy Amazon Customer
Everyone should seek to fully express their passion, no matter what that might be. This book will show you how.Published 17 months ago by Raisinette
This is a book I would definitely recommend. There aren't a lot of books about the personal journey of an art therapist. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Watergurl
I would recommend it for an art therapy class or if you're definitely interested in techniques related to art therapy, but maybe not so much if you just want something to casually... Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by taletreader