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New art therapy approach to healing trauma

New art therapy approach to healing trauma

Very few specifically focused art therapy courses are available online, but a well-known Australian art therapist is offering a new accredited course in the cutting edge work of Guided Drawing. Cornelia Elbrecht, Founder and Director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, holds workshops both here and overseas and has…

The science is in: gardening is good for you

The science is in: gardening is good for you

The science is in: gardening is good for you Time spent weeding, potting and pruning can be as good for the gardener as it is for the garden. Image from www.shutterstock.com Chris Williams, University of Melbourne As the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that…

Knitting your way to a healthier, happier mind

Knitting your way to a healthier, happier mind

Authors: Ian Hickie and Jackie Randles Ian Hickie is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. His work has been funded by a variety of research councils, philanthropic support and investigator-led research studies funded by the pharmaceutical companies. He is Executive Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI), University…

An inside view of outsider art

An inside view of outsider art

A show at Hobart’s MONA gallery prompted Dr Andrew Binns to reflect on the influence of ‘madness’ on art creation. The linked question of what is art and who is an artist is forever under challenge and this came to the fore in a recently concluded exhibition at Hobart’s now-legendary…

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters By Andrew Anderson Associate Professor, Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne Republished with link from the Conversation It’s been argued the Impressionists were short sighted. The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, Camille Pissarro/Wikimedia Commons Vision is an…

Can looking at art make for better doctors?

Can looking at art make for better doctors?

by Heather Gaunt Curator of Academic Programs at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne In 1984, artist Jon Cattapan’s sister Adriana died in a car accident. His painting, titled Sister, and some accompanying drawings, were a response to this tragedy. Sister depicts a grey-shrouded body lying on…