Art as Therapy: Inspired by Keith Haring

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982. Baked enamel on metal

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982. Baked enamel on metal, 109.2 × 109.2 cm. Courtesy of The Broad Art Foundation © Keith Haring Foundation. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio, Los Angeles


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Art as Therapy: Inspired by Keith Haring

Saturday, November 18, 10:30 am
Robert Harding Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

Beginning with an exploration of Keith Haring's vibrant colour, energetic linework, and iconic characters, participants will be invited to create large, colourful images together. This workshop provides the experience of making art in community and finding joy in creating. No previous art experience is needed, we will focus on the creative process, getting curious, and celebrating making art with others. 

The practice of Art Therapy exists on a continuum and this workshop series will explore Art-As-Therapy, a non-clinical model of building community and fostering well-being through art-making. Participants will be invited to play and get curious with different art materials. This workshop will include opportunities for sensory exploration, self-expression, and personal reflection. Immerse yourself in a world of creativity, curiosity, and  community   as we celebrate art-making for all.  

 *Ages 16+  

The exhibition Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody is organized by The Broad, Los Angeles.

Rachel Mae Robbins is a certified Therapeutic Art Practitioner and current Art Psychotherapy Graduate Student at the Canadian International Institute for Art Therapy (CiiAT) She is serving as the part-time Management Associate for Nova Dance and was formerly the Director of Education & Engagement for TO Live. With 15 years experience managing arts-based educational programming in Toronto, Rachel is building an Art Therapy practice which centres the infinite capacity for growth, creativity, and healing. 

IG: @maeandyouart.therapy

Katherine Yao is an Art Psychotherapy Graduate Student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT), recent Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) Illustration alumna, and currently working as a part-time Art Instructor. Combining her background in art and design with her experience with children, she aims to build a practice that supports children's emotional growth through art therapy, fostering self-expression and creativity. 

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