Art in any of its forms can encourage the expression of feelings that grievers may struggle with during their grieving process. Art can influence how we look at, unblock, wrestle with, and shed light on our grief and pain. When we avoid grief, the arts invite the imagination to come to the surface in images, movement, color, and sound. The art process can release the tension of grief, allowing it to expand and contract, while providing a safe place in which this process can take place. When we create, we give ourselves permission to examine all that is happening within our grieving minds and bodies.
Chelsea Derossi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She works with individuals, couples, parents, and children. With additional training and expertise in art therapy, trauma, grief, development, and family systems, Chelsea tailors the treatment to specifically meet the unique needs of each client or family. Chelsea encourages insight and more harmonious relationships with family members and peers. Throughout treatment Chelsea is able to help her clients better understand the human experience, improve relationships and make positive life-affirming choices.
Karen Demskey with L’Atelier invites you to a knitting demonstration of a square that can be made into a pillow or an afghan as a remembrance of someone who died – she will tie needle arts back to grief and finding comfort. This creative visual art activity creates a therapeutic experience through the movement and process of knitting. Create your own knitted artistic expression to help you remember your person who died.
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The PAINT: LAB is an art Studio in Santa Monica offering an experience for anyone wanting to express and explore their grief and creativity through the medium of painting. Oana Miller, the artist that conceived the idea for PAINT: LAB, is a talented artist and teacher who has thrived as an art director and production designer in the film industry for more than sixteen years.
Oana will guide this workshop to create a special memory and a beautiful piece of art that will remind you of your special person.
Participants need the following supplies:
As the Marketing and Communications Manager of Experience Camps, Jesse tells the stories of campers and volunteers as well what’s happening at ExCamps across the US. She has previously worked for Warner Bros. Television and President Obama. Jesse fell in love with camp while attending Camp Lokanda for 10 years, and after her brother Jordan died in 2012, embarked on a journey to find a community of support. Her loss, coupled with her love of camp, inspired her to become an Experience Camps CalEx volunteer, and ultimately, to become a part of the ExCamps central team!