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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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Book chapter about memory drawing and ethics in a book published by Routledge.

A quantitate and qualitative research into memory drawing conducted by Ottarsdottir in 2000 is the subject of this chapter. The study was the first comprehensive research that systematically compared the impact of drawing and writing on memory functions. The memory drawing study is therefore a milestone in the history of art therapy, education, psychology and psychotherapy. Memory drawing is […]

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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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Book chapter about art therapy for individuals suffering from depression, from a book published by Routledge

Children who had experienced stress and/or trauma and had specific learning difficulties were selected to participate in research investigating a therapeutic method comprising art therapy and education. Art Educational Therapy (AET) emerged through the research in which integrated emotional and intellectual processes are worked with simultaneously. Oli, who took part in the study, was depressed […]

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Scientific article on the first structured study of drawing and long-term memory

Quantitative and qualitative research, into memory drawing, which was conducted in the year 2000, is reviewed in the article. The results of the quantitative research showed that drawing is effective for memorising. Nine weeks after the original memorisation the children recalled the median of five times more words that they had drawn than ones they had […]

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Book chapter about grounded theory and drawn diagrams in a book about research methodology

In this chapter Unnur Óttarsdóttir explains how she used drawn diagrams in a research where the methodology of grounded theory was applied.   The drawings were applied for: Creating concepts Creating in-depth understanding of phenomena Abstract description Examining the connection between phenomena, categories and concepts Building theories Facilitating creativity and intuition.  Unnur Óttarsdottir (2013) Grunduð kenning og teiknaðar skýringarmyndir. (Grounded […]

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