Hello there! I am Courtney Wick, a licensed professional counselor and Hope’s Art Therapist! I am also a local artist, writer, and performer, and currently the Board President for The Springfield Area Arts Council. It is my belief that art and therapy both rely on the same creative process: a process of finding unexpected solutions, shifting perceptions, and transforming “mistakes” into masterpieces. Hope students are some of the most creative and imaginative young people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and art therapy helps to give them a voice. I utilize all forms of art (mixed-media, dance, reading, film, music, movement, language, and drama) into therapeutic interventions. Art allows all of us the freedom to express ourselves in a unique way. It is my hope that this blog serves as a community resource for other therapists, parents, teachers, and advocates for differently-abled students in our community and beyond. Sincerely, Courtney Wick

 

Purple Elephant Week! There are times in life when we all worry. Worrying isn’t always problematic, but when it starts to interfere with your day-to-day, it can become a nuisance. We started this week’s art therapy with a reading of the picture book, “Don’t Think About Purple Elephants” by Susan Whelan and Gwyneth Jones. It…

This is a project we created in February for Dr. King’s birthday and black history month, but it’s just as historically important in March when Dr. King led the peaceful voting rights protests back in 1965. On March 21st, 1965 some 2,000 people set out on a march from Selma Alabama, protected by U.S. Army…

PALEOLITHIC ART WEEK! In Art Therapy this week we took it back, waaaaaay back to the Stone Age. Our students learned about the famous cave paintings in Lascaux, and created some of their very own. The cave paintings of Lascaux, France were discovered by 4 teenage boys and their dog in 1940. Most of the major…

A ‘Perfectly Messy’ Start to 2018 in Art Therapy! Our first art therapy session of the New Year begins with a reading of the book, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell. This bestselling author and award-winning artist creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect tale about embracing life’s messes. Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up,…

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