Skip to content


Art Therapy Ottarsdottir offers a wide variety of lectures for institution staff, social organizations and various other groups. The lectures are held at Art Therapy Ottarsdottir and at select locations, relative to demand at any one time. Online lectures are also offered over the Internet. For further information, please email:

Research Methodology – Lecture I: Grounded Theory with Drawn Diagrams

This lecture revolves around grounded theory with an emphasis on drawn diagrams, which are tangible images of ideas in the form of charts, graphs and drawn pictures. Diagrams are comparable to written notes, but when diagrams are used instead of written text they become visual representations of conceptual thought processes. The goal with diagrams is fourfold: to widen the understanding of phenomena, create concepts, render descriptions abstract, and frame a context for various phenomena, categories and concepts. The use of pencil, pen and/or colours in the making of diagrams, which can be based on words, arrows, squares and circles, can stimulate imagination and insight. Examples from an art therapy research project that examined drawn diagrams will be reviewed in the lecture. Drawn diagrams can transfer the subject matter to an abstract arena, which facilitates the creation of theories. The space that is created by means of the diagrams stimulates creative thinking where new discoveries, contexts and connections come to light.

Research Methodology – Lecture II: Art Therapy Research, Grounded Theory and Drawn Diagrams

In this lecture, a review is provided of the creative art therapy methods that are applied in research. Grounded theory research methodology, which was applied when analysing the data in the art therapy research, is also introduced.

Research Methodology – Lecture III: Creative Research – Academic Art

In this lecture it is discussed how the abstract thinking involved in the process of creating art can nourish and cultivate the work of researchers and academics. The lecture elucidates the factors that both academics and artists have in common as they engage in the process of creating new knowledge, projects or theories. Visual art is often based on research and unsystematic observations of the subject matter, which can for example involve sketches. Art work based on such research can therefore be new knowledge. The relationship of art and research in connection with cooperative artwork is also discussed.


Research Methodology – Lecture IV: Now We Reclaim Learning Skills through Writing-Images

This lecture presents:

  • Research methodology of the introduced study
  • Art therapy
  • Educational psychotherapy
  • Writing-images
  • The impact of art educational therapy
  • Ways to reclaim learning skills
  • Academic research and writing-images

Research Methodology – Workshop: Art Therapy Research, Grounded Theory and Drawn Diagrams