art therapy

Lascaux Cave Paintings – RMCAD Art History

Lascaux Cave PaintingsArt History class started out with a discussion about whether the Paleolithic cave paintings in Lascaux should be considered art. I was surprised that people could think it was a contemporary notion to think it was art because of the care that was taken in the creation of the paintings, and how hard it must have been to collect the materials. There is also an aesthetic quality to the paintings that for me transcends the time.

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Apparently, there are some new theories about how scientific principles may have been conveyed in paintings, but I also thought that didn’t preclude their still being considered works of art. Scientific illustration is enjoyed for both its art and its scientific information. A great example is Ernst Haeckel.

Ernst Haeckel Scientific Illustration

References:
3D Visit to Lascaux Cave
Lascaux photos
Ernst Haeckel

Art Therapy and Healing Soldiers – National Geographic

Masks and Trauma of WarYesterday I came across a powerful National Geographic article that described how art therapy was helping soldiers with the emotional and physical scars of war.

Excerpt:

I THOUGHT THIS WAS A JOKE,” recalled Staff Sgt. Perry Hopman, who served as a flight medic in Iraq. “I wanted no part of it because, number one, I’m a man, and I don’t like holding a dainty little paintbrush. Number two, I’m not an artist. And number three, I’m not in kindergarten. Well, I was ignorant, and I was wrong, because it’s great. I think this is what started me kind of opening up and talking about stuff and actually trying to get better.”

Hopman is one of many service members guided by art therapist Melissa Walker at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), which is part of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. Images painted on their masks symbolize themes such as death, physical pain, and patriotism.”

It’s a powerful piece and a great program at Walter Reed.

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