Art Heals

Wellness Wednesdays: I Am A…

It’s Wednesday! In this mid work week, we are sharing you this simple arts for wellness activity to make you relax and get you going until the weekend. Our activity for today is called: “I Am A…”

You will need  some scratch papers, markers and any coloring materials you wish!

Materials

Start by making a random doodle using a marker.

Random Doodle

Look at it from different angles.

Look at Different Angles

Think of an image you can make out of this random doodle. What do you see?

What do you see?

Then try to write a statement starting with “I am a (the image you came up with).” Write about the characteristics that resonates with the image that you see in the doodle.

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Try this simple yet engaging arts for wellness activity everyday and watch significant changes in your life! Feel free to share your experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with hashtag #wellnesswednesday @artistmadhouse

Art Heals

11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference: Crossing Boarders for…

Last October 5, we set our hearts and our feet on the rainy streets of Hong Kong to join the eleventh conference of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. This was the first time that this conference was held in Asia and our high spirits cannot contain the joyous anticipation to experience this event that we never imagined we’ll be a part of.

Though wrapped in enormous excitement, we took time to rest and allowed ourselves for days of quiet time. These moments never failed in setting us to ponder on the things we need to focus on in the conference. As one of the 50 presenters of this conference, we recognize the need for not only mind preparation, but more importantly, connecting to our inner self, so we can give fully to others.

11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference Hong Kong, Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation
The conference was not the way we expected. Being first timers in attending an international conference and as well as being presenters, we felt an uncomfortable overwhelm meeting great people from all over the world. Many of them we look up to as they are very experienced and well-respected expressive arts therapists, activists, and general practitioners. But, this conference that started as an uncomfortable place for us became a family, to the point we felt that we were in a family reunion! All of them, most especially the pioneers, were very accepting and welcoming. Their humble souls drew our heartstrings that enabled us to have more faith in what we do.

The series of expressive arts activities revealed so much of ourselves and opened us to more soulful encounters with the other participants. We realized that cultural diversity is not a hindrance, but rather, an exciting opportunity to experience more and to learn more from people across the board. Our interchange of ideas, beliefs, practices, and methodologies brought forth more enrichment and even more, friendship.

11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference Hong Kong, Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

We conducted the workshop entitled, “Cultivating Connectedness with Expressive Art Meditation” in the afternoon session of October 8. This workshop was specifically designed to give a quiet space for us expressive arts practitioners, to reconnect to their true self in the pursuit of giving more to the people we serve. Again, just like here in the Philippines, synchronicity happened. The interweaving of stories united us into cultivating the connection that binded us as human beings — being there for each other. We were almost in tears when the participants expressed their gratitude, seeing that we prepared everything carefully, and for our presence that was deeply felt in the session. But, as facilitators, we were more thankful for their total engagement which made the session helpful to them.

11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference Hong Kong, Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

Lastly, we would like to thank all the Filipinos we met in this conference. They were our instant family while we walked on the unfamiliar streets of this conference. Their generosity in sharing their resources and their passion in promoting more awareness of the expressive arts in the Philippines moved us to learn more and to love more. We were one in saying that the IEATA Conference in Hong Kong is a fresh venue to start something and to continue what was started — crossing boarders again through archipelagos to love, to learn, and to serve.

Self Care and Caring for Others Art Heals

Self-Care and Caring for Others

Dra. Honey Carandang

When we are restless and anxious we become irritable causing unlikely behavior towards others. Ma. Lourdes “Honey” A. Carandang, a well known Filipino psychologist, expressed that rest is a moral obligation. She gave a talk entitled How to Achieve B.A.L.A.N.C.E. and Prevent Burnout last September 13, 2014 at Club Filipino. Carers from different fields have come together including doctors, nurses, social workers, professors, parents, volunteers and representatives from different organizations. Dra. Honey used the acronym B.A.L.A.N.C.E. to be easily reminded of the key points in caring for ourselves as we care for other. See Details “Self-Care and Caring for Others”

Creative Expression to Expanding Perception Art Heals

Creative Expression to Expanding Perception

Kineme: Expressive Art and Psychology

Expressive arts encapsulates different disciplines of art including performance art. It can also be used as a tool for encouraging resiliency and molding the society. I have discovered this in an eye-opening experience last September 12, 2014, during the Talk on Expressive Arts and Psychology. It was conducted by  Dr. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, Chair and Associate Professor at UP Department of Speech Communication & Theatre Arts and Company Manager of Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas. Together with the Sipat Lawin Ensemble, a contemporary performance group exploring and creating new approaches and new works for the theater. See Details “Creative Expression to Expanding Perception”

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Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas

One way to unleash our creativity is to actually get happily messy. Last February 19 at the Philippine Heart Center, we had a fun day getting happily messy, cheerful conversations while “cooking”, brushing palatable paints and treasured meeting new friends.

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

At that time, the kids are feeling…

Happy…

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

 

 

…and at home!

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

 

Meet our new friend and guest volunteer from Malaysia, Abi 🙂

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

 

We enjoyed sharing our stories as Kythe volunteers with Abi. She said she enjoyed the weather here in Manila and looks forward to volunteer again when she comes back the next vacation. Wow!

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

The child patients can’t help but mold lots and lots of clay – not enough amount to equate their vast imagination!

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

 

After finishing one creation, it got more exciting when we’re about to “cook” the clay.

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

The kids now have a lively canvas to paint on…

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

 

 

The child patients were very excited to go home with their masterpieces. This has been also a bonding time with their parents.

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse

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See you next time 🙂

Painting Thoughts on Molded Canvas - Artist Madhouse