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Expressive Art

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

expressive art

Expressive Art

Discover how art-making can be used as a tool for self-expression.

Losing a loved one to alcoholism or addiction can result in complicated grief and emotions that are hard to express. Looking at or making artwork can help us understand our feelings in new ways. We might find meaning in the symbolism or metaphors present in artwork, or simply notice how the process of art making allows us to slow down and connect with ourselves.

The purpose of the expressive art session is to gently unlock your creative potential in a peaceful setting. You will be encouraged to explore a variety of art materials and mark-making techniques. You will have an opportunity to create your own artwork as well as work together on group artwork. There will also be time to reflect on your experience and art-making process. You do not need to be good at art to join in, the session is about trying something new and having fun.

The session takes place under the Treehouse studio, in a partially sheltered outdoor setting, so please dress appropriately for the weather and the art making.

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.

Yes, you must be enrolled in the Summer Self-care for grieving Hearts programme to enjoy this session. You can add yourself to the waitlist for the next expressive art open activity that we run.

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 6
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Treeehouse Art Studio
Rectory Hill
Wivenhoe, Essex
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