Faces from the studio and a few good articles

Here are some Innisfree Art Studio faces! We celebrated fall by doing some leaf rubbings, and learned a new skill by braiding clay. Maggie and Emma even got to create their favorite animals- cows and “doggies”! (We even ran into some friends outside the studio)

I realized recently that I haven’t felt the pressure of creating projects for us to do in the studio for quite some time! This partially has to do with our new space and how it feels like we’re entering familiar territory every time we set foot, but it also has to do with the way we’ve all learned to work together over the past few years. One thing I try to do to keep us inspired is stay on top of what other folks are doing in the field of art therapy and showing this type of art. From wild and wacky art projects to local studios supporting the arts to visionary artists who inspire us, there is so much out there to be inspired by. A friend of my once told me that one of his techniques in learning how to play soccer was to watch it- so that’s what we’ll do! Reading and looking at pictures and talking about the art that we’re making truly does help us to become better artists. We’re doing more and more complex stuff by the month and it’s really cool to see things progressing. Here are some of the things we’re inspired by….

Hamid-Karimi2-660x335“Return on Beauty: Hamid Karimi’s artistic stamina Pays off”

“Being creative means you have to go back to the drawing board over and over,” he says. “A lot of artists believe that if you really want to make a name for yourself you have to find one style and stick to it. But you’re not creative when you’re copying the same thing. Art has to be experimental.”

6a00d8341c8e3353ef00e54f289b278833-800wiFilm on the Fringe: 10 Intriguing Outsider Art Documentaries

“Other films have examined the unexpected and unrecognized genius, strange pathology, and obsessively creative works of outsider artists in similarly intriguing ways. Many of the documentaries themselves have taken a low-fi approach to their portrayal, creating a similar mood to the works being investigated. Others come from a straight documentary angle, but all are compelling portraits. Head past the break to check out other outsider documentaries that introduce some of art and music’s most expressive creatives on the fringe.”


How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

“‘Arts integration seems to be the best form of differentiation out there because it taps into so many different interests and abilities and forms of learning.’”


55d260751d00002f0014503c“The Radical, Life-Changing Power of Arts and Crafts”

“…Extraordinary works created by people who are in some way on the margins of society, and for who, for whatever mixture of reasons, find themselves unable to fit into the conventional  requirements – social and psychological, as well as artistic — of the culture they inhabit.”



Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet

Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet is the first major U.S. exhibition to explore the introduction of art brut to America. The nearly two hundred works of art on view, by both canonical and lesser-known art brut figures, were amassed and identified as art brut by French artist Jean Dubuffet, beginning in 1945. The selection is drawn exclusively from the renowned Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, where Dubuffet donated his collection in 1971.”

The Hero Within: Imagination and Identity

“If you were a superhero, who would you be? And who ¬- or what – would be your nemesis? In the latest exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center (on view through Nov. 14, 2015), artists from Sunapple Studio transform the gallery into a gigantic game board with whimsical and colorful installations made out of their chosen enemy: plastic water bottles”

“These individuals have so much to offer,” Jan Montgomery, director of ARC Industries, said. “They wanted to create. And they are extremely creative.”



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