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Expressive Art

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

expressive art

Expressive Art

Discover how art-making and a sense of creativity can be used as a tool for expressing some of the things that may feel hard to put into words. 

Losing a loved one to alcoholism or addiction can result in complicated grief and emotions that are hard to express. The purpose of art-making in this session is to facilitate personal emotional healing, growth and greater understanding of the self through exploring art-making in a new and meaningful way. You will be encouraged to explore a variety of art materials and mark making techniques. No prior art experience is required, but a willingness to have a go is helpful.

The workshop takes place under the Treehouse studio, in a partially sheltered outdoor setting, so please dress appropriately for the weather. The setting is peaceful and the nature that surrounds it provides an abundance of inspiration for art-making.

You will have an opportunity to create your own artwork as well as work together on a group artwork. There will also be time for reflection and thinking together about the art-making process.

Participants in the Blossome Summer Self-care for Grieving Hearts programme will have the opportunity to participate in this session and together share a wonderful experience.

Important Notice:

This session is not therapy, but is therapy informed led by an art therapist so it may have a therapeutic value to participants.  Blossome aims to offer a formal art therapy Programme in the future. Blossome is not a crisis intervention service. We signpost to other services. Information will be provided at the session to ensure all participants feel supported.

Session Leader

Meet Chloe Sparrow, Art Psychotherapist. Chloe has a gentle and supportive manner, encouraging you to safely explore art. Her work in a variety of settings within the NHS and private practice has provided lots of opportunity to meet people with experience of bereavement and/or addiction and she has observed just how deeply disorientating it can be. When addiction impacted her family, art was something of a refuge for Chloe, a form of communication providing opportunity to express and learn about herself.

Q & A

The benefits of expressive art are well documented. Draw, paint your emotions as aa means of expessing the things that are hard to say. .

The Expressive art session takes place at the beautiful and magical Treehouse Studio in Wivenhoe, Essex.

No, if tickets are available, you can enjoy this session even if you are not enrolled in the Summer Self-care for Grieving Hearts programme. However, you will experience more benefits if you take part in the 12-week programme, building relationships with the group, enabling you to feel part of the community and connected with others.

The session lasts for 2 hours, 7 – 9 pm. There is time before the end of the session to enjoy refreshments together with the group.

The session is suited to anyone who has been bereaved or affected by someone else’s alcoholism or addiction. It will enable you  to explore emotions that come up in a safe supportive environment.

After the art making, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the experience and share with other participants as we sit in nature and enjoy refreshments together. ❤️

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August 1
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Treeehouse Art Studio
Rectory Hill
Wivenhoe, Essex
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