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Creative Arts Therapy

April 25, 2017

Creative Arts Therapy

Location: The Bus Stop Theatre
Date/time: Tuesday, April 25th @ 6:30pm
Instructor: Leena Alawaid

Length of workshop: 1 HR
The creative arts therapy workshop is meant to introduce the basics of the therapeutic forms, benefits, accessibility an activities one can work with/on to improve their own practice and/or share with others.

Workshop Activities

1) Blind-Folded Painting

The idea is to play music and have the participants paint blindly. This will help in reducing anxiety and de-stressing the participant. The activity will allow the artist to paint without an expectation or worry.

2) Emotion Wheel

This activity is very common in art therapy practice and most instructors approach it differently. I like to approach this by having everyone trace an outline of their bodies. The concept is to mix colour you feel express a part of what you are feeling recently in life. The closer to the core, the more you feel it and the farther away from the core, the less it is affecting you. The hope is that eventually the artist will stop over thinking the situation and begin to paint purely from emotion.

About the Instructor

Leena Alawaid was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and got to pursue her artistic studies and explorations at NSCAD University.  After graduation in 2014, her main focus was to try and bring forth the concept of Creative Arts Therapy and draw attention to the process in her community. Leena is currently working together with several organizations in the community, including Ronald McDonald House and the IWK, where she offers art sessions to the children as a form of healing. Growing up in Halifax she got to experience first hand how much of a tight knit community the city has and she is thrilled to join the team here as Associate Producer at StART Fest Halifax.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out!


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April 25, 2017
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The Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen Street
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