So why choose art therapy?
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) concluding my graduate thesis at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (TATI). I strongly believe in the empowerment that comes from art and play, and the mental health benefits that stem from it. I believe that all humans are artistic at heart, and that everyone can express themselves through art in their own unique way.
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a sophisticated form of psychotherapy that offers introspection, insight, building coping skills and strengths, and processing of difficult past events.
Absolutely no art experience is necessary.
Everyone is welcome in my classes regardless of skill level, gender identity, cultural background, language, political views, or sexual orientation. I especially encourage you to come if you haven’t done art in a while - allow your inner child to come out and have fun with other likeminded people :).
I provide a calm, meditative atmosphere, solid structure, gentle instructions, and absolute freedom to experiment and personalize your work.
At the end of each workshop you will go home with a wonderful piece of art that is totally one-of-a-kind.
Please contact me to schedule your own magical event or individual sessions!
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My Body, My Story
Duration: 1h, 1.5 or 2h
Join illustrator Natalie Very B. in a safe space workshop where you’ll learn how to create an empowering version of a self portrait with ink and tell YOUR story through visual imagery.
During the painting process you’ll look at yourself with a newly found kindness and appreciate your own body as a sacred temple and a real work of art. This workshop will focus on body positivity and a variety of inking techniques.
Tree of Life
Duration: 1h or 1.5h
Over the course of this workshop, the participants will get to create their own tree of life while being gently guided by the instructor.
Step into the realm of healing art making and discover new parts of yourself through drawing, journaling, and self-reflection.
Take the time to deepen your insight to calming music and enter a sense of flow through your own inherent creativity.
Duration: 1h, 1.5h, 2h
What's your inner animal situation like these days?
If you don't know yet, don't worry. Our inner animals can give us insight into our needs, temperament, and character traits. If we know how to make them happy, we can navigate life with ease. Follow Natalie in an easy, step by step drawing process and engage in self-reflective writing.
Enjoy a journey of metaphorical connections between your spirit, body, and mind, and find a way to establish peace among them. Using animals as visual guides in your drawings, take some time journal and dream up the perfect safe place for all the intricate parts that make you the person you are today.
Duration: 1.5h or 2h
Over the course of this workshop, the participants will learn the many experimental techniques of India ink and go home with a gorgeous piece of art. This highly pigmented media can create fabulous textures on watercolour paper and become a magical background for your intergalactic artwork. Techniques such as egg drop, bloom, bleed, wet on wet, and wet on dry will be introduced, and once the ink is dry, they will allow for a creation of a highly personalized cosmic landscape filled with stars, constellations, and faraway galaxies.