Approaching fruition: my weekend with @InspireABook and Influence Publishing

I just spent an intensive and fabulous weekend with Julie Salisbury of Influence Publishing at her Inspire A Book Mastermind class!  Incredible!  I am working on the book that showcases my Dad’s art and our journey together. Julie has a brilliant way of facilitating a group to support each other in the creative process and…

PORTRAIT: Jacqueline. #photography #drawing #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

Glorious day with my students and colleague, Nancy Kirkpatrick, at Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society!  Lots of projects in the works that we’ll be sharing shortly. But for now… Part of our day was spent on a photoshoot and I was so inspired by the photos of Jacqueline that I just had to draw her….

Kat’s DAILY JOURNAL WORKSHOP SERIES. Parts 1-35 #arttherapy

DAILY JOURNAL WORKSHOP SERIES: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3′S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING…

An afternoon of new connections with @BeautyNight!

I was honored and delighted today to meet with Caroline MacGillivray, founder and executive director of Beauty Night. Beauty Night builds self esteem and changes lives of women and youth living in poverty through 3 streams of programming: wellness, life skills development and makeovers. They believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and…

Drawing during ARTS WEEK at @wpgadotca! #creativity! #highenergy!

A huge thank you to Danielle Unger for the invite and to all the staff and students at West Point Grey Academy for putting on an amazing event and for being being so welcoming!  It was wonderful seeing artists from the community sharing their gifts with these talented and highly creative kids! It was all…

Celebrating #WorldAutismAwarenessDay with @canucksautism’s Family Festival 2012! #Vancouver

It was a beautiful day to raise awareness for Canucks Autism Network and World Autism Awareness Day by gathering at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver BC and walking through the city streets, ending with impassioned speeches and unveiling of the Autism Awareness Van. I was moved to tears as I listened to Paolo Aquilini pleading that we MUST provide those with…

Weekly artist series: Week 9 Part 3 of 3 SUE COE: Portrait of Truth. Who do you celebrate? I celebrate Sabrina.

Week 9 Part 3 Sue Coe What draws me to Sue Coe’s work is the freedom in her truth telling.  Her technique reflects the message and there is an ease to how she produces her work while at the same time she hammers her message home.  She is her art. — From Americans Who Tell the…

Second Art Sunday at the @RubbleGallery! #charcoal #drawing #arttherapy. Next one Mar 25!

We’re experimenting with a 1-2 times per month art afternoon at the Rubble Gallery and our first one was wonderful!  And so was today!!!  Thank you, ladies, and Henrik, for a fantastic afternoon and thank you Ari, Quinn, Bryn and the Rubble Gallery for your beautiful space! Let’s let the photos speak for themselves! TAKE…

Check out this fantastic project: GLOBAL SORORITY on @Kickstarter #women #connections

SUPPORT GLOBAL SORORITY!!! Loretta and Tia are setting out to create a mini documentary series to get the inside scoop on 100 girls’ and women’s lives from around the world. The first of the series starts in Africa and continues onto the countries of their individual family roots of Ireland and Italy. The documentary takes the…

First Art Sunday at the @RubbleGallery. #charcoal #drawing #theface. Next one Feb 26!

We’re experimenting with a 1-2 times per month art afternoon at the Rubble Gallery and our first one was wonderful!  I taught the basics of drawing with charcoal and my students were sponges, inspiring me, each other and themselves with the results!  We also worked on some journaling techniques.  It’s marvelous to work in a…

Part 35 of 35 daily journal workshop. SELF. #arttherapy

DAILY JOURNAL WORKSHOP SERIES: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3′S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING…

Part 34 of 35 daily journal workshop. GOAL. #arttherapy

A goal or objective is a desired result an animal or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve—a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.  It is roughly similar to purpose or aim, the anticipated result which guides reaction, or an end, which is an object, either a physical…

Part 33 of 35 daily journal workshop. @SusanAkaSARK’s MICROMOVEMENTS. #arttherapy

Time to take a breather and simplify by using SARK‘s inspiring micromovements! Try some micromovements of your own.  Use your journal as your oasis. SARK: SARK is a best-selling author and artist, with sixteen titles in print and well over two million books sold, including the national bestsellers Succulent Wild Woman, Bodacious Book of Succulence,…

Part 32 of 35 daily journal workshop. GRIEF. #arttherapy

LOSS.  What does that mean to you?  Are you scared of it?  Is the fear of losing someone or something preventing you from living now?  Have you experienced such profound loss that grief overwhelms you, and indeed, now shapes you? Write it out.  Or draw it out. There are no easy answers.  There is just…

Part 31 of 35 daily journal workshop. NEWBORN. BRAINSTORM. #arttherapy

Today you are a newborn and you are starting fresh! Draw a baby. Draw brainstorm bubbles above “your “head. Write about what it may be like to start fresh.  Releasing anxiety and hesitancy. Brainstorm central themes in your life.  Just let it happen. Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.  Tomorrow: GRIEF Daily…

Part 30 daily journal workshop. REVIEW. RESOLVE. #arttherapy

REVIEW 1a : a formal military inspection b : a military ceremony honoring a person or an event 2: revision 1a 3: a general survey (as of the events of a period) 4: an act or the process of reviewing 5: judicial reexamination (as of the proceedings of a lower tribunal by a higher) 6a : a critical evaluation (as of a book or play) b : a magazine devoted chiefly…

Part 29 daily journal workshop. MINDFULNESS. #arttherapy

On Dec 26, I had a powerful conversation with a friend about mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the…

Part 28 daily journal workshop. ANGELS AMONG US. #arttherapy

I dedicate this post to my best friend, Maud. — Angels shine from without because their spirits are lit from within. Take a moment to think about what “an angel” means to you.  Draw or write it out. Guest speaker, Liz, truly an angel on earth, bravely faced her abuser this year and is now moving forward…

Part 27 daily journal workshop. SHUT YOUR EYES AND SEE. #arttherapy

Shut your eyes and see. – James Joyce What does this quote mean to you? What does this quote mean to me? Stop trying. Let it happen. By letting it go it all gets done. Surrender. Give up control. Close your eyes and draw a self-portrait- imagining your pen running along your facial lines. Growth…

Part 26 daily journal workshop. PERFECTIONISM. #arttherapy

Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. – Brené Brown Struggling with the need to be perfect = my life. How about you?…

Part 25 daily journal workshop. TAKE YOUR JOURNAL OUT. #arttherapy

Now that we are pretty far into this journal [notice how I’m taking you all the way to the end of mine, and we’re half way there], shove your journal in your bag, or thrust it under your arm, grab some pens and get the hell out of the house. Make your journal your best…

Part 24 daily journal workshop. BODY IMAGE. #arttherapy

Write about your thoughts on body image.  Just stream of consciousness.  Any negative events that affected your views?  Positive events?  Where are you now? … you should get sick more often, he said. Found this online: Glue an image of a favorite person onto a page (just glue three sides), write a positive message to…

Part 23 daily journal workshop. GYPSY. #arttherapy

gypsy One inclined to a nomadic, unconventional way of life. You need not travel to be a gypsy.  You need not be forced to.  You can embrace the gypsy spirit through unconventionality.  I once wrote: “the greatest sin is timidity.”  I referred to myself holding back.  Restraining myself. So cut the fucking cord and fly.  Even…

Part 22 daily journal workshop. EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE #arttherapy

Extraordinary circumstance.  What does that mean to you? For me, major life-changing markers come to mind.  Events you have to survive in order to move forward.  Painful events.  Positive chapter changes as well. Write or draw to celebrate how you have come through these life events.  How you have grown.  Think about it.  Then stop…

Part 21 daily journal workshop. SELF-HARM #arttherapy

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these pages are not a substitute for professional help.  If you are triggered negatively by any of the journal work here, seek support. Self-Harm: There are so many forms of self-harm.  I have seen the whole gamut in my work with at-risk youth.  I have seen it in…

Part 20 daily journal workshop. WORTH #arttherapy

Let’s take a look at the concept of worth. Write about it.  Then draw “ME” over your words. Pull out the words covered by “ME.” Draw an eye.  Recall tutorial.  Draw tears coming out.  Large, bloated tears. Write the ME words in the tears. Find a quote you like about worth, self-worth, self-esteem etc. I…

Part 19 daily journal workshop. CANCER #arttherapy

Today simply draw about your relationship with cancer.  Literally, metaphorically, personally, generally.  Be quick and simple. It’s been on my mind a lot lately for SO MANY REASONS. In memoriam: Unspoken Truths, Christopher Hitchens Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE…

Part 18 daily journal workshop. SURVIVOR #arttherapy @Kris_Carr

A survivor is a triumphant person who lives with, after, or in spite of a diagnosis or traumatic event.  Survivors refuse to assume the identity of their adversity.  They are not imprisoned by the constructs of a label.  Instead, survivors use their brush with mortality as a catalyst for creating a better self.  We transform…

Part 17 daily journal workshop. ALTER: to make different without changing into something else #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 16 daily journal workshop. COMICS! Shameless copying. #artschool #arttherapy #LyndaBarry

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 15 daily journal workshop. GUEST SPEAKER. #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 14 daily journal workshop. BE THE MAP. #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 13 daily journal workshop. NEGATIVE – POSITIVE. #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 12 daily journal workshop. Dear World. Secrets.

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING —…

Part 11 daily journal workshop. Gesture drawing. Abstractions! #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT — TODAY’S LESSON IS ABOUT…

Part 10 daily journal workshop. Vintage workout. People watching. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT OK, let’s change things up a bit.  Today we will utilize…

Part 9 daily journal workshop. WORD CRAZY QUILT . #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN — Yesterday, you spent a few minutes writing at the end of the self-portrait exercise. Now…

Part 8 daily journal workshop. SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN . #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S — We’ve done a lot of good work in the past week, and through our exercises have addressed our pain…

Part 7 daily journal workshop. ARISE A ROSE IN 3’S . #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Recall in Part 6, we spent some minutes at the end writing.  Stream of consciousness, filling the page. Now circle every 3rd word.  No matter what…

Part 6 daily journal workshop. INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Our journals are our private places to process.  But allowing the world in can be very liberating.  Today I encourage you to invite a friend, a relative, someone in your life to…

Part 5 daily journal workshop. NAKED SCREAM. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Now that we have connected with ourselves in parts 1-3 and let it all out in part 4, it’s time to focus inward to the painful part, sit with it, then scream it out nakedly. Close…

Part 4 daily journal workshop. SPILL OUT COLLAGE. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Now it’s time for practicing collage work in your journal.  We’ll take a break from what we did in parts 1-3 and start on a new page. Gather some resources- images, pages from magazines, books etc.  Scissors, glue, felts. Open your…

Part 3 daily journal workshop. HEART. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS In part 2, we “drew out words” from  by circling positive and negatives. Where do we feel our anxiety?  I feel mine right in the heart.  Recall my post on anxiety and depression where I illustrate that feeling. Now, sketch a human heart.  You don’t…

Part 2 daily journal workshop. DRAW OUT THE WORDS. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Choose two different colored pens (or felts or pencil crayons)- one color representing positive, the other negative.  I am picking red for negative (fear), green for positive (serene).  There is no right or wrong.  Just choose and go with your choice. Reading the words you wrote in part 1, circle…

Part 1 daily journal workshop. JUST WRITE. #arttherapy

Spend 15 minutes writing.  Writing anything.  ANYTHING.  Even writing “I’m writing…”  Keep the pen going.  Make marks on the paper.  Let your thoughts flow.  Don’t worry about neatness or wit or good grammar or sense.  Just move the pen over the paper.  Open up.  Unpeel some layers.  Be ugly.  Let your arthritic fingers cramp up….

Drawing people together through drawing. A cozy morning at @YouthCO drop-in

I had a great morning yesterday volunteering at YouthCO teaching principals of drawing during their drop-in session!  Thanks everyone for making it a beautiful morning of dialogue, laughter, drawing and sharing!

My vision board is started. Perfect way to process this heavy day.

Woke up this AM feeling like my heart weighed a thousand pounds.  Today is the 3rd anniversary of Mom passing away. I was lucky enough to spend the morning creating vision boards with Laura Mack, giving me a place and safe space to just be. I’m excited to watch the board develop and to reflect…

You will add to these canvases of #streetart inspired artwork @YouthCO’s Tools For Change Event Oct 28 7-10 PM!

Finish pieces like this one at our interactive art event! The piece above is a collaborative piece with my student, Alicia Love and myself.  Participants on October 28 will finish it! The art featured at the event is inspired by my favorite international street artists like Herakut.  I start the pieces, we provide the supplies and…

You will add to my #streetart inspired artwork @YouthCO’s Tools For Change Interactive Art Event Oct 28 7-10 PM!

Finish pieces like this one at our interactive art event! The art featured at the event is inspired by my favorite international street artists like Herakut.  I start the pieces, provide the supplies and then you, the attendee, go crazy and finish the pieces with complete freedom of expression! For what you can expect from one…

6 art therapists! 6 degrees of creativity! All in 1 fabulous package from @arttxalliance!

6 Degrees of Creativity is a 6 month on-line workshop opening October 10, 2011 and running until March 1, 2012 that will include 6 different workshops, offered by a group of 6 inspiring instructors from the art therapy community to explore hands-on concepts, techniques, and ideas related to themes about transformation, social change, collaboration, and using art for good. REGISTER: Click…

Hand-drawn poster: @YouthCO’s Tools For Change Interactive Art Event Oct 28 7-10 PM!

YOUTHCO HIV and HEP C Community Outreach INTERACTIVE ART EVENT TOOLS FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH PARTY OCTOBER 28, 2011 7-10 PM 568 SEYMOUR STREET, VANCOUVER BC AGES 19+ CASH BAR INTERACTIVE ART STATIONS facilitated by Katarina Thorsen • heart • head • hands • YouthCO’s Tools for Change Campaign: For what you can expect from…

Standby for our @YouthCO Tools For Change Interactive Art Event at the end of October!

I’m in final discussions with YouthCO re: final date!  And in the process of preparing a poster!  There will be art, art supplies, fabulous people, interaction, cash bar (therefore a 19+ event) etc!  Until then, here’s a detail from a large canvas you can add to at the interactive art night!!! YouthCO’s Tools for Change…

Bibliophile: #GRAFFITI. #streetart

Cooper, M., Chalfant, H. (2009) Subway Art- 25th Anniversary Edition, San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books Almqvist, B., Lindblad, T.B., Jacobsen, M., Sjöstrand, T. (2007) Gates of Graffiti, Åstra, Sweden: Dokument Förlag (now Dokument Press) Stewart, J. (2009) Graffiti Kings- New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970s, New York, NY: Melcher Media Emmerling, L….

Sometimes I need to remind myself that self-celebration is a good thing… #testimonials

  It has been an incredible pleasure to watch Katarina work with our youth, some of which were the more difficult youth to manage… She has an amazing rapport with all the kids and staff alike.  In all my years in corrections I have never witnessed an individual with such a powerful connection with the…

Kat’s Drawing Tutorial: Gesture Drawing PART 4 of 4- abstraction. #artschool

In this 4 part tutorial, we move through analysis of form, to drawing details to abstraction through gesture drawing. See Part 1: INTRODUCTION See Part 2: GEOMETRIC SHAPES  See Part 3: ADDING DETAILS  Now we move to finding the image and abstract it through gestures.  What I mean by that is- you find the form in marks…

Kat’s Drawing Tutorial: Gesture Drawing PART 3 of 4- adding detail. #artschool

In this 4 part tutorial, we move through analysis of form, to drawing details to abstraction through gesture drawing. See Part 1: INTRODUCTION See Part 2: GEOMETRIC SHAPES  Now I want you to build on the simple forms you saw in your subject in Part 2 by drawing details.  Enjoy, relax, have fun!  There is no…

Kat’s Drawing Tutorial: Gesture Drawing PART 2- geometric shapes #artschool

See Part 1: INTRODUCTION  In this tutorial, we move through analysis of form, to drawing details to abstraction through gesture drawing.   In part 2 I want you to build on the intro where you drew on top of a photo, and draw the simplest form you see in a subject. Let’s use my latest…

Kat’s Drawing Tutorial: Gesture Drawing PART 1- INTRODUCTION #artschool

My favorite drawing technique: GESTURE DRAWING– finding the image in random marks.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what I mean.  In this drawing tutorial, I’ll slowly take you from this: through to finding the form, then enhancing the form and finally decontructing/reconstructing the form. In this introduction, I simply want you to look at…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PARTS 6 to 8: Final project! #arttherapy

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Recall: PART 2: DRAW WITH YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND Recall: PART 3: DRAW WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED Recall: PART 4: EYES, NOSE, MOUTH Recall: PART 5: FULL PAGE, CLOSEUP This project was designed for my drawing workshop at this year’s Savary Island Art Trip for youth (12 young women, 4 female staff and…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PART 5 of 8: Use full page, draw closeup, add black

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Recall: PART 2: DRAW WITH YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND Recall: PART 3: DRAW WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED Recall: PART 4: EYES, NOSE, MOUTH In this part, I want you to be aware of the WHOLE PAGE.  It may seem strange, but I want you to draw a frame around the whole…