Healing Arts

August 2015
Life Line Art - Art Therapy Exhibit

Medical Office Building
2nd floor Phlebotomy Lab

Life Line Art therapy sessions consist of using various art materials, techniques and clinically designed projects or art tasks which are compatible with the client’s symptoms and serve as an intervention. At the conclusion of the art task, the artworks, clinically termed art products, often portray diagnostic indicators which can assist the primary therapist with an appropriate diagnosis. The art products can also help guide the direction of future therapy sessions. These indicators or visual clues can also reveal developmental, physical and/or cognitive deficits. To read the art products, the art therapist must be well versed with the characteristics and diagnoses of the mentally ill and emotionally disturbed as well as be knowledgeable about the properties of art materials and techniques.


The displayed works are actual samples of the Life Line art task created by former clients of Lillian Stark and displayed with permission by each client or their guardian. Each client is asked to draw his or her life as a line with their choice of art material. They type of line he or she draws (jagged, straight, spiral etc.) illustrates how they experienced the year. For example a jagged line might indicate a painful year and a spiral line might indicate a confusing year.


Lillian Stark
Lillian Stark holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has completed twenty two master level art therapy credits through Pratt, is a registered and board certified art therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc. (ATR-BC) and is a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). She has provided art therapy services to many diverse populations that include: developmentally delayed, neurologically impaired, physically impaired,  seniors with dementia, neglected and abused children, homeless women and children, children and adolescents with autism, children with emotional and behavioral disorders and adolescents with chronic and life threatening diseases.

In addition to her work as an art therapist, she has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings for over twenty five years, primarily in the Southeast. She is currently creating drawings that are visual responses to the clients she is working with at residential treatment centers.

 

For more information about the Healing Arts Program,
please contact Adam Smith of the GRHealth Healing Arts Program at 706-721-3596.