In the 1990s a W.E.A. class in art therapy was offered in central Newcastle. The
class was one of those experiences which opens up a vista of new possibilities. A
few of us continued to meet as a do-it-yourself image-making group after the class
was over and literally hundreds of painting and drawings are now stashed under beds,
behind cupboards, or mounted on walls around Tyneside. Some have found their way
into journals, some into an essay as illustrations. Some have been used to make
greetings cards. Some of the work has even been exhibited.
More important perhaps has been the use of these images in the group, and by group
members in personal therapy, to learn more about what might be going on at the edge
of their awareness, giving clues to the riches of the unconscious.
Here’s a small selection, giving a flavour of the variety of style which can emerge
when brushes, paper and hands are allowed to ‘play’. The images are untitled here,
giving the opportunity for personal responses.
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