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ECArTE conference in Vilnius

I had a great time in Vilnius last week where I attended the conference "MEMORY: Shaping Connections in the Arts Therapies". A variety of interesting topics were revealed at the conference, like how women e.g. in Africa, who have been abused, come together to embroider and tell their stories which empowers them so that they […]

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Dr. Arthur Robbins passed away

With gratitude and sadness, I would like to report that my dear teacher, tutor and supervisor, Dr. Arthur Robbins, has passed away. Art was one of the pioneers of art therapy and he was a professor at the Pratt Institute where I completed a master's degree in art therapy. For over 30 years, he played […]

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Art and cooperation: finding creativity and well-being

COMMON GOOD: DIALOGUE ON COMMUNITY ART Wednesday 16 March, 12 pm: free and open live stream with subtitles/interpretation followed by online discussion. Live stream The event is part of the collaborative project COMMON GOOD which is held by the Reykjavik Academy in conjunction with the Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavik City Theatre, the City […]

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Art therapy, writing-images and memory drawing: Course and supervision

This course is intended for qualified art therapists, art therapy students and other qualified creative therapists from around the world. Through art making, sharing, supervision, discussions, reading, studying and lectures the participants will gain knowledge about methods and theories of art educational therapy which includes application of writing-images and memory-drawing. The course if for those […]

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Art therapy and memory drawing: Working with children in schools

This course is open to qualified Art Therapists and Art Therapy Trainees. Participants will gain knowledge about the basis of the methods and theories of memory drawing, which aids individuals in better memorising various facts related to their coursework learning. Memory drawing also facilitates processing of emotions in the same way as the art-making process […]

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Art Exhibition – Memory

Memory. Unnur Ottarsdottir, 2020. (Photograph by Ottar Yngvason). Unnur Óttarsdóttir opens her exhibition Memory at tre Grafiksalur, Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavik, entrance at harbor side. The opening reception is on January 16th, 2-5pm. The exhibition runs until January 24th. The gallery is open from 2-5pm, Thursday–Sunday. Memory, memories and how fragile, abstract and unspoken memory can […]

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Introduction to art therapy I

Do you want to unleash the creativity within you and your clients? Do you want to understand how thoughts and emotions are expressed through art making? Do you want to know how you can increase strength and facilitate well-being through the process of making art? Do you want to increase your understanding of imagery and […]

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Webinars on Memory drawing

Dr Unnur Ottarsdottir, art therapist, teacher and artist, will be hosting free webinars on “Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing”, in which research findings about drawing and memory will be introduced. The webinars are open to everyone interested. The research was conducted by Ottarsdottir in two related parts. One hundred and thirty-four subjects […]

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AATA conference – 31st of October 2019

I gave a lecture on memory drawing at the 50th anniversary American Art Therapy Association Conference, 31st of October 2019, where I talked about my research on how effective drawing is for increasing memory and processing emotions. It was great to meet with so many art therapists from around the world, learn about their art […]

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Lecture at The American Art Therapy Association 50th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO., 30th of Oct – 3rd of Nov

Celebrating 50 Years of Healing Through Art  30. október til 3. nóvember 2019 í Kansas City Marriott Downtown.  Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing Quantitative and qualitative research on ‘Memory Drawing’ (Ottarsdottir, 2018; in press) which was conducted in the year 1999-2000 (Ottarsdottir, 2005) will be reviewed in the presentation.  Research about the […]

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