Jung pinpointed that “painting what lies in front of us is different from painting what lies within us”. When we are preoccupied in a given situation and we turn this into an image through dreaming or art, we can begin to understand it more clearly and deeply and experience the feelings that this situation entails.
Naumburg first introduced art as a therapeutic method in 1940 realising that the creation of a work of art provides a space of expressing experiences and emotions.
Art therapy is the connection of two fields, art and psychology. The end product is a meeting point, a bridge between the inner and the outer world, between the therapist and the curing person, a transitory place. Painting allows children and an adult to create, build an image of the world, as they experience it, and later on provides the opportunity to transform and rectify. It helps the participants getting to know themselves in a better way. In art therapy the focus is on the creativity not on the aesthetic value of the work of art. There is no right or wrong way.
A case study of groups of creative development in Nursery Schools and Primary Schools followed. The main aim was to engage children through art to express themselves freely and discover art, while learning to functionally use creativity in their everyday life and the relationships with others. Children learned to make choices, create, act, and change their decisions, experiment. They literally learned to learn through their experiences.
The seminar concluded in a workshop which all the attendees participated in.