Process Painting is an expressive arts technique and a means of self exploration. It focuses on process (inner journey) rather than on product (the painting) and it does not require that participants have any prior experience with art.
With roots in experiential psychotherapies, Zen, Gestalt psychology, and expressive arts therapy, it is a method for learning about oneself, and a way to connect with one’s innate source of creativity. The process helps us contact our inner blocks to creativity and develop trust in ourselves and in the moment. With expanded self-awareness we gain confidence in our unique unfolding, leading us to more self-acceptance and a quieting of the inner critic. We then can play, have fun, invent, and take risks on the canvas.
In this workshop you won’t learn painting techniques or be evaluated for your performance. In a supportive and encouraging environment you will have an opportunity to connect with your intuitive inner voice, playfulness, and with additional freedom of self-expression.
Materials List: All materials will be provided for a fee of $10 for each participant
About the Instructor
Maria E. Mattioli, M.S., MFT has been painting and teaching this method since 1987. For 20 years she taught a variety of courses as a Faculty member in the Master in Counseling Psychology Program at John F. University. Courses included Expressive Arts Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Human Sexuality, Theories of Family Therapy, The Creative Process, Art and Psychotherapy, Film and Human Values, Couples Therapy, Advanced Clinical Case Seminars, Process Painting Intensive Workshops.She also was an adjunct faculty member at both University of San Francisco and Palo Alto University teaching Couples Therapy, and Theories of Family Therapy. She has been teaching Process Painting workshops since 1994.