Anthroposophical Therapeutic Arts

Anthroposophical Art Therapy has been developed since 1921 by Rudolf Steiner, Dr. Ita Wegman and the artistic therapeutic work by Dr. Margarethe Hauschka and the artist Liane Collot D’Herbois.

This form of art therapy, known in the UK as “Anthroposophic Therapeutic Arts” has its’ roots in Anthroposophy. This is the philosophy and spiritual anthropology of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, a philosophy of life that respects the freedom of each human being.

Anthroposophical Artistic Therapy applies a holistic approach and treatment using artistic techniques often inspired by nature and its’ rhythms and processes. This treatment is tailor-made, it respects the unique individual and it is based on a solid therapeutic relationship.

By applying the knowledge and anthroposophical understanding of human-beings, the use of artistic non-verbal media and a solid therapeutic relationship this therapy can be used to positively affect physical and mental health and spiritual aspects of someone’s life.

This therapy is based on the principle that illness has its’ roots in the soul and that artistic work is an expression of the soul. It aims to strengthen and bring balance to the whole human-being helping to resolve and prevent illness and guide towards a happier life.

The understanding and application of ‘colour’ in Anthroposophical Artistic Therapy stems from the research works of Johan Wolfgang von Goethe and Rudolf Steiner.
 
The Anthroposophical Art Therapy approach allows clients to become more aware of natural processes in and around themselves and of the healing potential of colour, line and form.

Various techniques of drawing, painting and clay modelling correspond with the three faculties: thinking, feeling and willing.  Often we see that one area dominates over another. One may say: “you think too much but don’t take any action” or the other way around: ‘”you act before thinking” or you are dealing with overwhelming emotions and can’t rationalise the situation or think clearly anymore.

Also here we try to find a healthy balance. Such tendencies, if becoming dominant can result in depression, impulsive behaviour and burn out.

You may imagine that working with lines in drawing needs concentration; it needs focused attention, which requires and consequently stimulates certain thinking processes.

Working with colours involves a soul-movement; a colour can set the mood of a painting. Imagine a green landscape painting and change the green for blue shades or red shades, this changes the mood of the painting completely but also of the maker and the viewer. Colours are a strong medium with the ability to connect with your inner emotional world. Through guided painting, visualisation exercises and pastel drawings you can discover the harmonizing quality of colour and use it to regain your emotional balance.

Clay modelling is a technique used to stimulate the will. You have to work through cold clay to model it into a shape, it requires physical energy and power, further it requires will-power to see it through until a piece is finished. Working with clay re-activates enthusiasm and inner power to undertake action and is used for re-enforcing the sense of personal boundaries.


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